The flag bearer of the All People’s Congress (APC), Hassan Ayariga, has taken a swipe at Nana Akufo-Addo, claiming the 72-year-old New Patriotic Party (NPP) flag bearer still lives in his father’s house despite his age.
Apart from saying Mr Akufo-Addo lacks the capacity to manage Ghana, Mr Ayariga said at 72, Nana Akufo-Addo should retire from politics.
Speaking on the Executive Breakfast Show (EBS) on Class91.3FM on Monday, September 26, Mr Ayariga said he had many successful businesses across the country which made him the best nominee for president in the December polls though he was not as boastful about his accomplishments as the flag bearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, who he claimed was going round describing himself as ‘adwumawura’ – creator of jobs.
Talking about his accomplishments, Mr Ayariga told show host Prince Minkah: “I made my first $1million at the age of 24 without working with any government. I have never been in a government position; I have never worked as a Minister for you to say I have stolen government money. I built my first house at the age of 22…; at age 72, my senior and my father, Nana Akufo-Addo, is still living in his father’s house. At this age 72, I would have retired from politics and been advising young men of this country to move this country forward and not contest with them anymore.”
The former People’s National Convention flag bearer accused Nana Akufo-Addo and Dr Nduom of contributing to the hardship in the country. According to him, the two nominees have served in government before and, therefore, “they have contributed in building this country”.
“So, if they go round telling Ghanaians Ghana is in crisis and Ghana has become a difficult place for us to live and that we need a change, yes, let’s accept and believe that we need change but that change will not be a change from the NDC to any of them because if Ghana is in crisis, these people are part of the problem why Ghana is in crisis today, because they were given the opportunity to serve and have served,” the 2012 People’s National Convention presidential candidate explained.
Mr Akufo-Addo was the Foreign Affairs Minister and Attorney General in the erstwhile Kufour-led government while Dr Nduom served as the Minister of Private Sector Development.