NAPO claims about Akufo-Addo’s achievements are baseless and shameful – Prof. Adu Gyamfi
2 mins read

NAPO claims about Akufo-Addo’s achievements are baseless and shameful – Prof. Adu Gyamfi

Political scientist and historian at KNUST, Prof. Adu Gyamfi Political scientist and historian at KNUST, Prof. Adu Gyamfi

Political scientist and historian at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Professor Adu Gyamfi, believes Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh should be questioned to avoid similar mistakes in the future.

The newly unveiled vice presidential candidate Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the candidate of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Opoku Prempeh, has faced a wave of criticism after he claimed that incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo performed better than all previous presidents, including Ghana’s first post-independence president, Kwame Nkrumah.

In a speech at a rally in Kumasi where he was officially introduced as vice-presidential candidate, the former education minister called President Akufo-Addo’s achievements unprecedented.

His claims have sparked mixed reactions, with many accusing him of intellectual dishonesty.

In an interview with GHOne TV and Naa Dedei Tettey of Starr News, Professor Adu Gyamfi, a political scientist and historian at KNUST, said the comparison between Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh was baseless.

“It is ahistorical. What a shame. On what basis, on what basis? What is he talking about? That is why I keep saying that he should be directed. The truth is that you cannot just stand at the podium and say that President Akufo-Addo was the best president since 1957. We will sit down at the table again another day and make sure that he understands what his words mean both to the academic community and to the public.

“It’s quite disgusting, for lack of a better word. He should know better, my sister, unfortunately. Listen, I’m a political historian. It annoys me when people speak improvisationally and just say what they want to say, right, especially when it comes to facts and truths, historical facts and truths. On what criteria is he arguing and saying this? He’s overly excited. This is a feverish moment. Let’s hope we get the right opportunity,” Professor Adu Gyamfi said.

He added that the NPP will have the chance and opportunity to reflect on what their vice presidential candidate said during his presentation.

“The public perception is that they’re probably going to celebrate this speech and give him a bunch of accolades and titles. That’s what people who wear branded party shirts do, right? To sing the praises of their leaders and so on. That’s good.

“But the reality is that when we put it under serious scrutiny, indeed, the two gentlemen, Kufuor and President Akufo-Addo, should hold an internal referendum and tell themselves who is the best president and whether this statement that he made is enough.”