A former Presidential Spokesperson, Kwabena Agyepong has confirmed that the NPP flagbearer Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo enrolled at Oxford University in the United Kingdom in the 60s, but did not complete his course there.
A member of the NDC Communications Team, Felix Kwakye Ofosu speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen earlier this week, questioned the motive behind Nana Akufo-Addo's exclusion of his academic credential at the prestigious institution from his Curriculum Vitae (CV) and challenged the NPP presidential candidate to explain the circumstances of his leaving that out in his CV.
Felix Kwakye Ofosu who also speaks for pro-NDC group Research and Advocacy Platform (RAP), could not fathom why the NPP flag-bearer would hide the fact that he attended a high profile university like Oxford.
A senior member of the NDC, Tsatsu Tsikata also waded into the matter and said the manner in which the NPP flagbearer and his aides had dealt with the Oxford University question casts a slur on his [Nana Addo's] integrity.
Mr. Tsikata explained on Asempa FM that as a fresh student at Oxford in 1969, he heard that Nana Akufo-Addo had left the school under strange circumstance. He said there were rumours then that Nana Akufo-Addo was dismissed from the university, but could neither deny nor confirm the rumours.
But Speaking on the news analysis programme Newsfle on MultiTV and Joy FM Saturday, Mr. Agyepong disclosed that Nana Akufo-Addo attended Oxford University but refused to give details as to why his party’s flagbearer could not finish.
The senior NPP member stated that Nana Addo did not consider it necessary to state in his CV that he attended Oxford because he did not obtain any certificate from the school.
According to Kwabena Agyepong, there is no doubt about Nana Addo’s credentials “as one of the three most respected legal practitioners over the last 40 years of Ghana’s history”.
He however expressed surprise at the position of Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata, whom he said is “a good lawyer and a seasoned politician”. Mr. Agyepong described the matter as “distasteful, unwanted and unnecessary”.
Mr. Agyepong further described Vice President Amissah-Arthur as the “worse scenario in this case” for putting information on government website that he graduated with M.Sc from the University of Ghana in 1976, when his name was not even in the list of those who graduated with M.Sc in that year.
He demanded from Mr. Amissah-Arthur an explanation of his claim on his CV that he “graduated with M.Sc in 1976 and a B.Sc in 1974”.
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Baako smells mischief
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Editor in Chief of New Crusading Guide newspaper Abdul Malik Kweku Baako who was also on the programme, said "the CV thing is mischief that is to claim that Nana was dismissed for smoking wee".
According to Baako, the group had for the past four years been trying without success to get information from the institution bordering on the exact reason why Nana truncated his course at Oxford.