In spite of the intense lobbying for positions in the incoming government, the ability of President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to stave off the pressure on him and select the best appointees to steer the affairs of the country will determine the success or failure of his administration, Dr Mohammed Abass, a political science lecturer, has predicted.
Speculations continue to mount over which persons will fill which portfolios in the administration of Mr Akufo-Addo, who will be sworn in as president on January 7, 2017, following his victory in the December 7 presidential polls.
But Dr Abass has said the jostling for positions will expectedly bring some pressure to bear on the president-elect, saying the situation is “normal in politics”, given that many of such persons directly or indirectly played a role in the electoral victory of the candidate of the opposition NPP.
However, he said despite the urge to reward “party loyalists” particularly for the role they played in his win, the “guiding principle” in Mr Akufo-Addo’s appointments should be his campaign message, for which reason he has to select good appointees to “deliver what he promised Ghanaians”.
Dr Abass said Mr Akufo-Addo has to “compare priorities”, being minded by the fact that as a leader he would not be able to please everyone, hence the need to “disappoint” some “loyalists” by taking decisions that will benefit the greater Ghanaian population that voted him into power.
“The happiness and well-being of the majority of Ghanaians is more important than the benefit of a few people,” he noted.