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Did Gabby really say Akufo-Addo appoints his family members because they are more educated?


Over the last week, a part of the public has strongly criticized Gabby Asare Otchere Darko, a New Patriotic Party (NPP) supporter, for his reaction to concerns over his cousin, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, assigning his family members to high-level government positions.

Gabby’s statements were met with criticism, with some calling them an insult to Ghanaians.


Some have taken Gabby’s statement as implying that Ghanaians, with the exception of Akufo-Addo’s family, do not take education seriously.

But did Gabby, who is referred to as Ghana’s unofficial prime minister due to his alleged influence in the Akufo-Addo cabinet, actually mean or say this?

In a recent interview on Star FM, the NPP stalwart, whose law firm has represented some private entities in claiming judgment debts from the government, stated that Akufo-Addo’s grandfather fathered a large number of children who got a head start in life because he (the grandfather) valued their education.

During a Starr Chat interview, Bola Ray stated:

“… Because they got education early at a time that just a minority of Ghanaians were getting education, it gave them, if you like, to a point a head start. I mean, that’s the point.

“I’m just making the point that I don’t know how many of you in this room have a grandfather who had over 100 children?… I did. Okay. How many? How many? How many (children) did your grandfather have?” he quizzed.

He added, “… so really, that’s the point I’m making. Okay. But he was serious about his children’s education. And because they grew up in a household where public service came as second nature, a lot of them went in.”

Gabby further pointed out that just one member of Akufo-Addo’s family, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, is in cabinet.

He denied claims that the Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Attah, is a family member of the president.

“… look, cabinet, how many ministers are there? How many ministers are related to Akufo-Addo? Tell me, how many ministers are related to Akufo-Addo? The road minister is not related. He’s an MP. He was the coordinator of the president’s campaign in the Eastern Region. First of all, he (the road minister) is not a family member okay, you’ve mentioned one person, Ken Ofori-Atta. Ken Ofori-Atta actually resigned from his multimillion-dollar company to dedicate his life to Akufo-Addo’s campaign; to the NPP.

“So, he’s appointed and his appointment is just because he’s family member; just forget the fact that he helped to raise money, he put resources in there (his own resources), he was a critical member of the campaign and he was a successful businessman, a private sector person, who has something to contribute.”

He added that Akufo-Addo cannot appoint his adversaries into government, saying “President has about 6000 people to appoint. 6000 okay and then you talk about friends? Should he go and appoint his enemies? Can we talk about something else?”

Watch Gabby’s remarks below:



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