Former President John Agyekum Kufuor to attend inauguration of President-elect

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The office of the former President John Agyekum Kufuor has confirmed he will be attending the inauguration of President-elect John Dramani Mahama at the Independence Square on Monday, 7th January.

A statement signed by his Spokesperson, Mr Frank Agyekum, said the former President would be at the ceremony in his capacity as a former President of the Republic of Ghana.

Mean while,  some members of the youth wing of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have vowed to prevent former President John Agyekum Kufuor from attending the inauguration of John Dramani Mahama as President of Ghana on January 7, 2013.

The youth are set to march to the Airport West residence of the former President on Thursday January 3 to articulate their disapproval of Mr. Kufuor’s decision to break ranks with the NPP which is boycotting the ceremony.

The National Council of the NPP on Wednesday 2nd January 2013 reaffirmed its decision not to accept the results of the December 7 poll and backed the petition filed by Nana Akufo-Addo, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, NPP Presidential candidate, vice presidential candidate and chairman respectively, at the Supreme Court, challenging the validity of the results of the 2012 Presidential Election declared by Electoral Commission Chairman, Dr Afari Gyan on December 9, 2012.

The Council “also decided and directed that the party shall boycott the planned January 7 inauguration ceremony of John Dramani Mahama and Kwesi Amissah Arthur, as President and Vice President of the Republic, respectively. This decision is binding on all members of the NPP, including parliamentarians.”  The Council said it had taken the decision “in order to underline the critical principle of any democracy that the results of an election should reflect the voice of the majority of voters, not the voice of those who count, collate or declare the results.”

But the former president’s office said, the former President Kufuor’s unique position was explained to and acknowledged by the joint National Council and National Executive Committee meeting of the New Patriotic Party in Accra on January 2.
“His presence at the inauguration will be without prejudice to his party, the New Patriotic Party’s stance to boycott the ceremony, nor of his full support for the Party’s petition at the Supreme Court impugning the declaration of the December 2012 elections as announced by the Electoral Commission,” the statement said.

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  • philip ampadu oppong

    Your Excellency, we beg you, we love you, we respect you and cherish you so much that if you attend to this illegal swearing-in ceremony, it will cause a lot of pain and grief in most of us. john mahama and ndc have never and will never recognize you as a statesman. consider the insults and others that their charges have been putting on you daily in the media.
    When you were President you created an award for the then atta mills who was also a statesman, but his party never allowed him to accept it. We beg you, stay away from the ceremony so that we can continue to love and respect you. We do not want or expect you to fail us now. Please spare us the agony of causing this disappointment and grief in us which will cause a big problem for the party and perhaps some of us to disown you. You served Ghana as a President for eight years but Ghanaians and especially ndc have never appreciated your good work. We beg you, this is the time for you to show your love and commitment and therefore, work and die for the NPP which made you who and what you are now. I trust that you love us and you love the NPP so much that you will give us your ears and spare us from this embarrassment. After all what will you gain from the ceremony? Please stay away for us to continue to love and support you.