NPP respects Capitalism with Conscience -Kufuor
Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has said the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is not leftist or socialist, but respects capitalism with conscience.
According to him, the NPP regards capitalism that is human, reason it fixed the safety nets below which it does not allow any human to fall under.
Speaking at the national acclamation of the presidential candidate and his running mate held in Accra last Saturday, former President Kufuor noted that President Akufo-Addo and his vice, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, are giving that capitalism leadership.
“People ask whether this party [NPP] is leftist or socialist, we are not, but I tell you, we respect capitalism with conscience.
“Capitalism that is human, and this is why we fixed the safety nets below, which we do not allow any human to fall under, and that is the leadership we have today.
“President Akufo-Addo, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, this is what the two of them articulate so competently, and I believe within just a short period of three and half years, they’ve shown this vision; they’ve displayed strategy.
“Initially, even some of us thought that they [Akufo-Addo and Bawumia] were promising too much for a four-year term of office, but within three and half years, see what they have already achieved,” the Gentle Giant, Kufuor, said.
“I wouldn’t say we are perfect, no, I don’t believe perfection in humanity; I don’t subscribe to that, but even as I admit, we are not perfect; I tell you, we have greats…
“In human affairs, any leader that can achieve something like 70, 80 percent is almost like a saint, and this leadership [Akufo-Addo and Bawumia] really is working towards realising very high degree of success for political leadership, and this is why I believe in the coming election, and I pray God will give us life, and God will also touch the hearts of Ghanaians across the board, so as we march towards the December election, Ghanaians will not allow pettiness to divert us from the vision, the cause,” he added.
Mr Kufuor said the country had been talking about sustainable development, but questioned, how to get sustainable development without wealth; how to get the wealth without investment.
He said that if too much leftist ideology is brought in, it won’t attract investment, and if the investment does not come, whether industrialisation or in agriculture or in services, there will be no job creation, especially for the teeming youth.
“This leadership [Akufo-Addo-Bawumia] doesn’t talk, it does the work, and I believe this is why Ghana should give NPP [another term in office], … I always say our party is destined to lead in the transformation of the country, and the party keeps giving the leadership that will do the work for Ghana, and this is a typical example.
“And even with COVID-19, if you listen and see, and then as the Vice President just said, go to the Statistical Department, check the figures, you will be surprised with the achievements being done, and this is why I’m so happy to be here…, given to old men to see their children, grandchildren rise and prosper the way this party is already displaying, and I pray the good Lord will bless our current leadership to lead us into victory, and the victory should be sustained, victory after victory after victory, so we give Ghana the transformation all of us pray for.”
At the event, the National Executive Council endorsed the candidature of President Akufo-Addo and Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, as flagbearer and running mate respectively, for the December 7, 2020 General Elections.