Ghanaian opposition parties are reportedly in unity talks
aimed at forming a coalition to defeat President John Kufuor's ruling New
Patriotic Party (NPP) in this December general elections. The founder and leader of the newly formed opposition United
Renaissance Party said the alliance talks would also ensure the opposition
parties present a single presidential candidate in the general elections. Kofi
Wayo said the move is the best way to ensure defeat of the ruling party, adding
that recent polls show there would not be a clear winner in the first round of
the December vote.
The parties reportedly involved in the talks are the main
opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), the Convention People's Party
(CPP) and the United Renaissance Party. Kofi Wayo is one of the leading figures
of the unity talks. He tells reporter Peter Clottey from Ghana's capital, Accra
that the alliance is the pragmatic way of winning the December election.
Africa, the way that the big men make money is by exploiting their people, and
everybody wants to be president so they can chop (squander) the money. So the
opposition parties have a problem because they all want to get in there and be
president, so I'm trying to teach them that if you love your country, you don't
have to be president. Let's all join together as a unified opposition and let's
liberate the country from those who call themselves leaders. President John
Kufuor and his government do not believe in democracy. They don't even know
what it is," Wayo noted.
described as unfortunate President Kufuor's government insensitivity towards
providing for the ordinary Ghanaian.
know, over 100 children die a day here and the president's priority is to buy
two luxury jets. They are wearing three thousand dollar suits, a thousand
dollar shoes, and a 50-million dollar jet. And go to beg the white man for one
million bucks. How can you be riding in a 50-million dollar jet and you go beg?
So that is why you cannot say the white man is a racist or anything because
when the British were here, they treated the Africans with dignity. The whites
were far nicer to the black man than the African to their own people," he said.
said there was need for Ghanaians to emulate some of the tenets that make
told them that in America where I grew up, they say we hold this truth to be
self-evident that all men are created equal. You got to have some dignity and
you've got to have a home, a social housing among others," he said.
said although some of the opposition leaders were skeptical about the alliance,
they agreed that it was viable, adding that the United States wants Ghana to
never thought about these things, but a couple of them think it was the right
thing to do. I told them the people of United States want to see a success
story in Africa, and the only way we can do it is not by begging. That even if
we had started a hundred thousand acres pawpaw farm, we could make enough money
to support ourselves instead pf begging. But the African ruler is taking the
dignity of the people, and I'm trying to change all that," Wayo pointed out.
said there was need to change the ruling New Patriotic party in this December
have been talking to them (opposition parties) and they have been listening. So
I tell them that we are faced with a group of people who are very merciless,
anti-God, anti-Christ people, who I think are worse than al-Qaeda. So let's all get together, forget about your
personal ambition and let's think of God, and save our people. Our people have
no water and have no light, but the president doesn't care, and the ministers
do not care. So let's all get together so we can all save our nation. They are
beginning to buy that a little bit," Wayo pointed out.
said the United States should cut aid to Ghana since he claims it is not put to
appealing to the United States government to stop giving aid to these people.
The aid does not get to anybody because only the big men get it and send all
their children overseas. The teachers are not well paid and we are going to
change that, and that is what we are going to do," he said.