With 16 days more to go for the Presidential election, information within the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is that, its 72-year old presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, is stuck in Ghana unable to go for his routine medical checkup in North London’s Wellington Hospital, although he is physically unwell.
The inability of the opposition leader to leave Ghana less than three weeks to the polls, is due to the suspicion his trip will create, since it will finally confirm his worsening medical condition to the electorates and his unfitness for the physically exhausting pressures associated with the Office Of The President.
The situation is making many top level NPP members worried, since it is not clear how long, Mr. Akufo-Addo, can continue to depend on his stamina and self-medication, while torturing himself both physically and mentally by crisscrossing the country to windup his campaign.
Already, there are reports that his trip to the Eastern Region, his home region, did not yield the appropriate responds compared to his previous trips and similar ones in 2008 and 2012 region. At several places, he was reported to have appeared physically weak.
The Herald’s insiders, also mentioned how Mr. Akufo-Addo, arrived late at certain places spending less than five minute upstage addressing them sounding tired and nasal.
Similar situations were reported in the Western, Brong Ahafo, Ashanti Region and Volta Region, to the annoyance of party supporters, who had been waiting for him for hours.
The last time Mr. Akufo-Addo left Ghana to London, was Thursday night October 13 and got back on October 18, this year.
The 4-day journey, which once again sparked concerns about his health and his ability to properly govern the country if elected, was described as a “private trip” to Germany and the United Kingdom (UK).
“One Region; One London Trip”, has become an expensive joke in the NPP in reference to Nana Akufo-Addo’s UK trips.
His October 13 trip, was his second trip to the UK in less than a month, but his third t to the same country in less than two months, and his sixth trip to the UK in 2016 alone.
He undertook similar trips in 2014 and 2015. Indeed, his trips to the UK, are countless in recent years with suspicion that, his long sojourn to the UK, shortly after the 2013 election Petition at the Supreme Court was for a major medical operation, rather than seeking the face of God, as he claimed.
On September 8, shortly after Dr. Mahamudu Bawuimia’s lecture on Ghana’s economy at the National Theatre in Accra, Nana Addo, quietly left Ghana to the UK in sneaky manner with the usual press statements accompanying his trips missing.
On June 2, 2016, he left Ghana to the UK via Italy with his wife Rebecca Akufo-Addo. They came back on June 12, 2016. Before then, he had left for the same UK on May 25, 2016, via France.
On Monday, July 18, 2016, Nana Addo, left Ghana on a 10-day visit to the UK, through United States of America. The NPP flagbearer, returned to Ghana on Friday, July 29, 2016.
Ahead of the October trip, Eugene Arhin, Press Secretary to Nana Akufo-Addo, in a statement indicated that, he was expected to begin the Ashanti regional tour on Wednesday, October 19.
The NPP presidential candidate, embarked on another trip abroad after the party’s 2016 manifesto launch and weeks of marathon campaigns across the country, including a visit to the Anyaa-Sowutuom Constituency in Greater Accra to woo the electorate to vote for him in the December 7 poll.
At Anyaa-Sowutuom, Nana Akufo-Add, entreated Ghanaian students to vote out President John Dramani Mahama, and bring him to power, the opposition NPP, to secure their future.
He had claim students, have no future under President Mahama, because of the mismanagement and collapse of the economy by the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).
This, according to the NPP presidential candidate, has resulted in increasing youth unemployment, with the prospect of students completing school and getting jobs, being hugely compromised by the Mahama administration.
“What I am trying to leave with you is that four more years of John Dramani Mahama, will mean you that you have no future to look up to,” Nana Akufo-Addo reiterated to students of the Pentecost University College.
“The responsibility for you (students) is not about tomorrow, it is about today. That, together, all of us will make sure that the threat to our future that Mahama represents is removed in December, once and for all, so we can return our country onto the path of progress and prosperity,” Nana Akufo-Addo told the students.
He bemoaned that Ghana’s economy, has systematically shrunk, resulting in high levels of unemployment, rising costs of living, widespread hardships and suffering, and the creation of a future of hopelessness for the millions of Ghanaian youth.