Former Chief of Staff in President Kuffuor’s government, Mr Kwadwo Mpiani has urged President Nana Addo-Danquah Akufo-Addo to remove any Cabinet Minister who has openly declared his Presidential ambitions.
This, he said will give way for those who are willing to work genuinely as Ministers to ensure the vision of the President is achieved.
His comments follow some campaign materials popping up from certain camps rooting for the flagbearership position in the party. Fliers, posters, cups, tee-shirts and other paraphernalia have gone viral on social media bearing the names of the current Vice president, Alhaji Dr. Mahmoudu Bawumia, the Trade Minister, Mr. Alan John Kwadwo Kyremanteng, and recently the Agric Minister, Dr. Owuse Afriyie Akoto which purports to be advertising their Presidential intentions.
“It is only fair and proper to resign so the President can put someone in your place if your concentration is working to become a president,” he stated.
Mr. Mpiani argues that it was not wrong for anyone to be nursing presidential ambition but in a government where deputy ministers have not been appointed yet, it means everything rests on the shoulders of the substantive Ministers.
According to him, it is very inappropriate for ministers to divert their focus on flagbearership position when their deputies have not been appointed yet.
“If you cannot concentrate on the assignment given you by the President and you are only nursing a Presidential ambition at this time, then it is fair and proper you resign,” he intimated.
Speaking to Joy Midday News today Friday, 19th March, 2021, the former Chief of Staff said, the current trend is worrying for a party has not finished putting its house into full gear.
He noted that it wrong to be thinking about who succeeds the president at the primitive stage of Akufo-Addo’s second term in office.
Grapevine information indicates that, President Akufo-Addo has openly informed all his cabinet ministers who have Presidential ambition and have openly started campaigning to resign.
Additionally, Joy Midday News added that President Akufo-Addo also told them that with the kinds of things going on social media, even if it isn’t on their express instructions, then, they must call on such people to order.
Source: Modern Ghana