By Kofi Thompson
By attending today’s inauguration of President Mahama, ex-President Kufuor helped demonstrate to the world in a very practical manner that Ghana is indeed still a stable and peaceful multi-party democracy, whose institutions of state function well.
He has also said in the recent past that he backs the decision by his New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) leadership to challenge the declaration by the Electoral Commissioner of President Mahama, as the winner of the December 2012 presidential election.
In backing that NPP decision to challenge the Electoral Commissioner’s declaration in the Supreme Court, he made its supporters go along with the party’s choice of following a peaceful path in the resolution of the disputed presidential election results.
I seldom said anything positive about President Kufuor when he was in power. However, he has now gained my respect for putting the interest of the nation above parochial party interest.
That was statesmanlike and very brave of him. And for that he deserves the gratitude of Ghana and the respect of ordinary Ghanaians – many of who never cease emphasising the need for Ghana to remain stable and peaceful. I salute him – and make my peace with him.
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