Aspiring flagbearer for the New Patriotic Party, Dr. Konadu Apraku, says he feels slighted by his party’s failure to grant him a ministerial appointment in the Akufo-Addo government.
According to him, following his years of service and commitment towards the electoral success of Akufo-Addo, he had expected that his sacrifices would have been appropriately rewarded.
However, following the election of Akufo-Addo, any semblance of reward was denied him hence his decision to take a job at the ECOWAS secretariat.
“I was the campaign manager of President Akufo-Addo in 2008, 2012 I was in charge of security and the last one that I did not have any position I worked very hard with him, I went everywhere that I could go. But I was not offered any position,” he said on JoyNews’ PM Express.
He noted that his background in Finance and Economics makes him a suitable candidate for ministerial positions in the Trade and Finance Ministries.
He noted that while he had already been a Trade Minister in the erstwhile Kuffuor government, he would have much preferred to be appointed Finance Minister in the Akufo-Addo government.
“Obviously if it was offered to me, yes, I would have accepted it. I mean if one that I wanted was offered to me …Well, my background is in finance, economics, so any of those finance related …I have been a trade minister before, I have been a member of parliament before. I would not have preferred a trade minister because I’ve been a trade minister,” he said.
Dr. Apraku, who is currently the ECOWAS Commissioner for Macroeconomic Policy and Economic Research, noted that while he is hoping to make a difference with his current position at the ECOWAS, it had never been his first choice.
He said he would have much preferred using his skills in service of Ghana.
“So I had to find a job. So I don’t understand. It’s not a betrayal if anything at all it should be the reverse. Well, they did not find a use for me. A use for me that was appropriately packaged,” he said.