The Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Koku Anyidoho, has attributed his recent elevated position as the Vice Chairman of the Council of African Political Parties and the Chair for West Africa to the past presidents of Ghana, especially Former President Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings.
According to him, the sterling role played by former President Rawlings during his tenures as Head of State and a democratically elected President between the early 80s and late 90s within the West Africa Sub Region and the Africa as a whole helped project the already positive image of the country left behind by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah to another height.
“Let us thank our predecessors. Currently if you mentioned Ghana all you will hear is Kwame Nkrumah so all the leaders, including His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, former Presidents John Mahama, late Prof Evan Atta Mills, and John Rawlings. If you take a look at the way former President Rawlings steered affairs within West Africa, you can mention the Sierra Leone, Liberia crisis and Rwanda where Ghanaian soldiers were deployed to help maintain peace and order in that country all under the command Rawlings leadership. So these are some factors that contributed to me being elected to this position and I must say that we as a country share in this prestigious position,” he said.
Mr. Anyidoho’s comments come after his recent appointment as the Vice Chair of the Council of African Political Parties (CAPP) and the Chair of West Africa which took place at the council’s just ended Third General Assembly meeting in Khartoum, Sudan.
The NDC deputy scribe disclosed in an interview with journalists in Accra that his first priority as the Vice Chair is to liaise with the Chairperson of CAPP, Dr Mrs. Hajia Ramatu Tijani Aliyu, from the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) in Nigeria, to deliberate on matter arising in Togo and take measures to see how ECOWAS office in Abuja could be of help in resolving the current inferences in that country.
The CAPP, which was founded in 2013 as an umbrella body for the two major political parties in all democratic African countries, has its permanent secretariat in Khartoum, Sudan, and it is run by the General Secretary, Dr Al Nafie Al Nafie, a Sudanese national, who retained his position unopposed.
Member countries present at the General Assembly meeting included host nation Sudan, Ghana, Nigeria, Mali, Senegal, Niger, South Sudan, Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Chad, Djibouti, Malawi, Mozambique, Libya , Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and the Comoros.
Mr. Anyidoho was elected as one of the five vice chairpersons with the other four also serving as chairpersons for East Africa, North Africa, Central Africa and the South Africa sub- Regions.
Prior to his election as a Vice Chairman of the council and also the Chairman for West Africa, Mr. Anyidoho was elected to serve on both the Executive Committee and the Standing Committee of the council.