A former presidential candidate of Ghana’s biggest opposition party says contrary to the “propaganda” that he is too old and weak at age 70 to run for president again, he is “fit and strong” for the task.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I am fit and ready and my appetite is as keen as ever to go into battle for the cause of the NPP,” Nana Akufo-Addo told his supporters when he launched his flagbearership bid in the country’s national capital on Tuesday.
“I am profoundly grateful that so many people consider me worthy to lead this promising nation of ours, even at the young age of 70,” the former foreign affairs minister said, adding: “I do not know what 70-year olds are supposed to feel like but I feel well, my body is in good shape; my mind remains as sharp as it ever was.”
The former Attorney General said: “I am constantly grateful to the Almighty that I have been so blessed. I have questioned and examined myself intensely to be sure that, to borrow a phrase, the competitive fire still burns in my belly.”
“I wish to assure all of you gathered here, that, contrary to the propaganda out there, Nana Akufo-Addo is emotionally, intellectually, psychologically, physically, patriotically and spiritually strong enough to lead this party and our dear nation Ghana,” he asserted.
Akufo-Addo is contesting six other aspirants for the slot. The party goes to congress on October 18, 2014 to choose one of them as presidential candidate for the 2016 general elections.