Accra–The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has strongly defended the performance of its flagbearer, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo, during his recent interview with the BBC.
In the said interview on the BBC’s flagship programme, Hardtalk, Nana Akufo Addo was questioned on issues regarding the Ghanaian economy and his presidential ambition in 2012.
The NPP flagbearer has however come under intense criticism from functionaries of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), who have described his performance on the programme as appalling.
But in a statement issued by the NPP Youth Wing and signed by Anthony Abayifaa Karbo, the NPP rejected claims that Nana Addo fumbled on the said programme, describing it’s flagbearer’s performance as “dazzling” and “a huge endorsement of the ever increasing stature of Nana Akufo-Addo in the current scheme of things globally.”
The NPP pointed out that Hardtalk had featured some of the world’s most prominent individuals including former US Presidents, Bill Clinton and George Walker Bush , the then South African President Thabo Mbeki, and that Nana Akufo Addo’s appearance on the programme is an indication of the respect he is accorded globally.
The NPP condemned the NDC’s propensity to criticse Nana Akufo Addo anytime he speaks, saying: It has become obvious that anytime Nana Akufo-Addo speaks, the NDC and the whole government machinery comes to a standstill or at best is set in hallucinatory rides of confusion and agony.”
“It is very obvious that the voice of Nana Akufo-Addo has become a nightmare for the President and the men around him”, the NPP added.
In an apparent Jab at President Mills, the NPP went on to add that many of those who accused Akufo Addo of fumbling during the BBC interview are unaware of what fumbling is.
“Fumbling is when a speaker gets so confused that instead of saying ‘economy’ he ends up saying ‘ecomini’, the opposition party emphasised.
The battle of words between ruling NDC and the opposition NPP have intensified this year as elections approach.
While the NPP have accused the government of non-performance, the government has responded by accusing the opposition party of “willful blindness”.
Meanwhile the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) has urged both parties to be circumspect in their criticism of each other.
This, the association says, is necessary to ensure that the country is peaceful before and after the general elections in December.