Former Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko has said President Nana Akufo-Addo has not had any dealings with him ever since he sacked him from office in 2018 in connection with the controversial Ameri Energy deal.
Mr Agyarko told Accra-based Asempa FM on Monday, 20 June 2022: “I do not have a relationship with him now. No, I don’t”, when asked if he was on talking terms with the President.
“People get married for thirty years and they get divorced, don’t they?” he asked, adding: “… Not because of hatred”.
“Me, I will never let anybody bring me so low as to hate him. I don’t hate anybody, but there comes a time when circumstances make it that you go your way, you have to move on,” he added.
As to how the president conveyed his dismissal to him, Mr Agyarko recalled: “I was called by the Chief of Staff and she said that the President said he cannot work with me again. I said that is fine and I moved.”
Mr Agyarko said he gave his all when he served under Mr Akufo-Addo, noting: “If you serve with all your strength and the person doesn’t appreciate it, you move on”.
He said he was now focused on his presidential ambition and would not be distracted by any offer of appointment by the president.
“I am pursuing my own presidential ambition, for which a lot of people kicked against right from the beginning”, Mr Agyarko said.
“I will not abandon it to go and do any other thing”.
“I am focused on what I have to do for myself and my nation. That is my focus”.
“If you serve with all your strength and the person doesn’t appreciate it, you move on”.
“If I cannot give something a hundred per cent, I will not do it. I’m not deserving of being the flagbearer of the NPP?” he asked.
Mr Agyarko, should he be cleared to run, is likely to face competition from Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia, Trades Minister Alan Kyerematen and Agriculture Minister Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto.
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