Former Minister for Local Government and Rural Development under the erstwhile Kufour administration, Maxwell Kofi Jumah has disclosed to Kastle FM that he didn’t support the idea of Nana Akufo-Addo becoming president when he contested for the Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the year 2007 together with other 16 Presidential aspirants.
Speaking in an exclusive interview on Cape Coast-based Kastle FM 90.3MHz, Maxwell Kofi Jumah revealed that former president Kufour told him in a privileged conversation before the 2007 race for a presidential candidate that if for nothing at all the family that Nana Addo comes from deserve to be honoured.
Maxwell Kofi Jumah, who is the former Mayor of Kumasi revealed to Chris Aggrey that he supported Alan Kyerematen over Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo initially because of the social links he had with Alan but he subsequently changed his mind to support Akufo-Addo the second time.
He said “The truth is that I have known Nana Akufo-Addo for a while and I went to parliament together with him. When he contested for President i didn’t support him the first time. I supported Alan Kyeremateng over Nana Akufo-Addo. I remember going to President Kufour which I think it’s a privileged conversation but I know he wouldn’t mind.
He continued “I asked him that papa you’re my role model and we have 17 aspirants so who would you suggest that I support. He told me that they’re all good and he mentioned Alan Kyerematen that he’s good when analysing issues. And he mentioned Nana Akufo-Addo and he added this to it that if for nothing at all the family that he comes from deserves to be honoured.
He added “Then I said I had links with Alan so I will support Alan. I saw Nana Akufo-Addo and I told him that though I want to support you I will find it very difficult because of my social links with Alan. But I told him that the two of you are all good so i hope you don’t mind and he said I don’t mind at all. When he came the second time, I supported him and I went to Alan to inform him not to contest so that we would all support Akufo-Addo because everybody wants him.”
Source: Amansan Krakye