Former Speaker of Parliament and a former Member of Parliament for Dome-Kwabenya, Professor Mike Ocquaye, has warned the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) to shun the politics of ‘moneycracy’ if they want to be retained in office beyond 2024.
Professor Ocquaye said the NPP has to practice politics hinged on truth, fearlessness and not hard work and not simply based on sharing money to buy votes, or moneycracy.
Professor Ocquaye spoke during the August 31, 2022 launch of a book in honour of the late Baffour Osei Akoto, a celebrated statesman and astute politician, in Accra.
According to the former Speaker, the way forward for the NPP is to emulate the life of the late Osei Akoto who he described as a ‘man of valour’.
“…We would want to resolve that we will follow not after ‘monecracy’ but we will follow the principles and tenets of the tradition. The tradition of truth, fearlessness, critique, working hard by principle and by valour,” Professor Ocquaye said.
“If we do that, Ghanaians would repeatedly come and knock at our door in order to invite our government to take over the reins of governance in this country,” Prof. Oquaye added.
The book, “Baffour Osei Akoto: A royal Patriot and the making of Ghana,” is a collection of speeches and articles by famous speakers about the exploits of the late Baffour Akoto.
Professor Ocquaye served as a co-editor of the book.
He concluded by charging party members to emulate the lives of celebrated statesmen like Akoto, Busia and others.
“If we (NPP) do otherwise, we will not be honouring those men of valour like Akoto, Danquah, Busia, Dombo and others,” he said.