President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has read the riot act to his ambitious appointees, ordering them to resign from his administration and focus on their goals. He advised his appointees who wish to succeed him to retire now and concentrate on their campaign.
All presidential candidates, he believes, should quit immediately and pursue their interests, allowing those who are willing to work to take over and focus on the job.
He threatened to fire any appointee who disobeyed his order not to campaign while working for him.
Despite the president’s lack of specificity, the order appears to be addressed at Food and Agriculture Minister Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto and Trade and Industry Minister Alan Kyerematen, both of whom are vying to succeed him.
Against previous warnings to stop the political activities, their followers and other would-be aspirants have been secretly working to lure delegates to their side.
The vice president’s position is constitutionally protected, hence the order may not harm him.
According to Asaase radio, President Akufo-Addo gave the warning at a Cabinet meeting on Friday followed by a political session.
Even before the presidential primaries began, there were some hints as to who would be contesting for the vacant position of NPP flagbearer.
He was surprised that some of his appointees showed strong signs of personal interest when the 17 NPP presidential candidates, 13 of whom were in the government in 2005, were seen actively campaigning in the first and second years of John Agyekum Kufuor’s presidency.
Allowing candidates’ ambition to get in the way of their ministerial position throughout the first year of a sitting President’s second and last term, the President essentially condemned the moves as selfish and reckless.
His warning came a day after the New Patriotic Party’s Steering Committee convened at the party’s headquarters to examine these and other important concerns as the ruling party prepares to hold elections for party executives at all levels, from constituency to regional to national.
At the Friday meeting, the Secretary to the President, Nana Bediatuo Asante, read the riot act to the Ministers, stating what is required of every Minister in the Akufo-Addo administration.
The President then issued a vehement no-holds-barred warning that any Minister who disobeyed his orders would be fired.