President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo will definitely have a good run for his money in his quietly-promoted bid to go for a second term. Credible information available to Ghana Crusader indicates that President Akufo-Addo will have to fight off a keener but bloody internal challenge of protracted bickering from Former Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko in the flagbearership race of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to be early opened next year.
Mr. Boakye Agyarko, who was recently axed by Akufo-Addo from the Energy Ministry over an obnoxious revised Ameri power deal which attracted public outcry and condemnation, is understood to be lacing his boots in the form of doing broad-based consultations within and without the NPP.
The presidential ambitions of Mr. Agyarko came to light in a recent private discussion he had with his inner team members and which recording has been intercepted by the Ghana Crusader news. In the tape recording, Mr. Agyarko is heard loudly boasting of his wealth of experience and background.
In the tape recording, Mr. Agyarko absolves himself of any wrongdoing in the revised Ameri deal, shifting the blame squarely on President Akufo-Addo, his brother Bumpty Akufo-Addo and the 17-member committee chaired by legal practitioner Philip Addison. (More on this in our subsequent news reports.)
“On his presidential bid, Mr. Agyarko will be meeting ex-president Agyekum Kufuor, former Chief of Staff Kwadwo Mpiani and other party bigwigs in the Ashanti region in order to rally their support,” a very reliable source disclosed.
The source said the chiefs and people of Krobo-Edumase will be the starting point of garnering support, as that enclave in the Eastern region is where Mr. Agyarko’s mother hails from. The source added that the former Energy Minister will then head to the United States of America, a place he had lived for 25years as a political refugee to reconnect his links and cement relationships in the new agenda going forward. Our checks reveal Mr. Agyarko has a strong presence there as he is on record to have played crucial roles in making relevant the USA and North America chapters of the NPP.
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Background Of Mr. Agyarko
Mr. Agyarko was born in 1956 in Kumasi to Mr. Kwasi Agyarko, a merchant and a United Party activist who hails from Jamasi in the Ashanti region while his mother Jane Ladze Padi, a teacher, comes from Krobo-Odumase in the Eastern region.
He entered Mfantsipim School in Cape Coast on September 18, 1969. The Mfanstipim School Year Book for the class of 1974 described Boakye Agyarko as, “one of the most colourful students to climb the Kwabotwe Hills from 1969-1974”.
Boakye then moved to the University of Ghana, Legon in 1976 where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Science in 1979. In the aftermath of the 1981 military intervention that ousted the government of Dr. Hilla Liman, Mr. Agyarko had claimed in several accounts that he was a target of the PNDC operatives, an event that led him to run away to the USA as a refugee.
In the US, Mr. Boakye upgraded his mental faculty by earning an Advanced Professional Certificate in Banking from the American Institute of Banking and an MBA in Financial Economics from the Pace University, New York.
He got employed as a Professional Banker at the Bank of New York, the oldest bank in America where he rose to be its Vice President and Head of Global Network Management for the Americans in the Investment Management and Services Division.
He would soon drop his experiences as a banker and an economist in 2007 to move back home in Ghana to join the flagbearership race of the NPP to succeed then outgoing President John Agyekum Kufuor. Mr Agyarko served as the National Campaign Manager of the New Patriotic Party for the 2012 Elections, and was the Policy Advisor/Chairman of the New Patriotic Party Manifesto Committee ahead of the 2016 elections.
Explosive Moments Ahead In The NPP
If Mr. Agyarko eventually carries through his threat to contest the flagbearership slot against President Akufo-Addo, he will be making history in the NPP to have mustered the courage to contest an incumbent President internally same as Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings did in the NDC by contesting late President John Evans Atta Mills.
Ghana Crusader can state on authority that the seeming fractious relationship between Mr. Agyarko and President Akufo-Addo following the former’s removal as Energy Minister will translate into a heated internal campaign of which name calling, blame games and counter-accusations will take centre stage. As a domino effect, followers of the two political big wigs will take a go at each other.
Political pundits have however written off any serious challenge that Mr. Agyarko poses to the second term bid of President Akufo-Addo as incumbency advantage will surely tilt in his favour. One thing is clear: Mr Agyarko will be positioning himself strategically to lead the NPP into the 2024 general elections. An NPP insider quipped to the Ghana Crusader that the 2024 agenda which is in sight for Mr. Agyarko may suffer some jolt as the Asante caucus of the NPP prefer to put up the candidacy of Matthew Opoku Prempreh, MP for Manhyia South in Kumasi.
For all intents and purposes, Mr. Agyarko’s presidential ambitions will definitely encounter tortuous moments on bumpy roads immediately nominations are opened by the party next year.