I dreamt of leading NPP years ago – Addai-Nimoh


Flagbearer hopeful of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Francis Addai-Nimoh has revealed that his quest to lead the party in the 2024 general elections is borne out of a dream he had years ago.

Speaking to Umaru Sanda Amadu on Face to Face on Citi TV, the aspirant who tied with Boakye Agyarko in the August 26 Special Delegates Conference of the party said he will keep pushing till he achieves his dream.

“It is an open process and every card-bearing member in good standing, and if you assess yourself and believe that you have the conviction and can convince yourself and have the courage that you can provide quality leadership to the New Patriotic Party (NPP), I will always encourage you to contest to lead the party.

“I have my conviction and I have my ambition and in the same manner, the other nine aspirants had their ambitions and I don’t know when somebody had his dream of leading the party but I have had my dream for many years and so I am pushing it and I am going ahead with it.”

He further criticised the media and polling agencies for giving priority to some aspirants and writing off others leading to the Special Delegates Conference.

“Some of us were rubbished that we were not going to make anything and that is one thing I will criticise the media for. And because we may not know the outcome of elections, we have to give a chance to everybody in the race.

“Global InfoAnalytics did a poll and some of us were given zeros. Though some of us had zeros in some places, there could be other reasons but the point is that we want five people who will go into the main contest so let us know that, that is the objective of the exercise.”

According to him, the current political and economic climate demands a fresh and untarnished figure to lead the party and maintain its grip on power.

“Looking at the mood of the country, the country needs a new face and if the NPP will produce that new face for Ghanaians, characterised by an unblemished record of the person with a fresh appeal and a message, I tell you that the NPP will win the 2024 elections.”

Mr. Addai Nimoh indicated that historically, the incumbent party always lost any time someone who was part of the government represented the party in the general polls and urged the NPP to not repeat such a mistake.

“If you look at the historical facts, Professor Atta-Mills was a sitting vice president to Rawlings and after eight years of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), he became the candidate in 2000 and the NDC lost.

“Also, Akufo-Addo in 2008 was the NPP candidate and part of the government of President Kuffuor and he became our candidate after eight years and the party lost. Thirdly, after eight years of the NDC, John Mahama as sitting president and candidate, the NDC lost.

“All these show you that after the party has been in government for eight years, you need a new face because there is facial fatigue.”