Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah
Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

Mr David Apasera, the Flagbearer of the People’s National Convention for the 2020 election, on Thursday said the overthrow of Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first President, left the country’s economic development in the wilderness.

He said Ghana had retrogressed greatly as a result of Nkrumah’s overthrow and that unless a party with his vision was in power, the country’s development would ‘continue to backtrack.’

Mr Apasera said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency to mark the overthrow of Dr Nkrumah’s government 55 years ago.

The period of the overthrow was the darkest days in Ghana as socioeconomic development came to a standstill, he said.

Mr Apasera said political upheavals that followed Nkrumah’s overthrow further suffocated the country’s economic prosperity.

He said the PNC was determined to saving
the situation and was analysing its performance in the last elections to take over political power in 2024.

Madam Janet Asana Nabila, the General Secretary of the Party, said overthrowing a legitimate government was detrimental to the development of a country.

She said Ghana gained nothing from the overthrow, adding: “We were far better off with Nkrumah than with his overthrow.”

Madam Nabila said under Nkrumah, Ghana witnessed progressive development in infrastructure, agriculture and the economy and that the country needed selfless leaders like him to fast track its development.

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The Ghana news Agency (GNA) was established on March 5, 1957, i.e. on the eve of Ghana's independence and charged with the "dissemination of truthful unbiased news". It was the first news agency to be established in Sub-Saharan Africa. GNA was part of a comprehensive communication policy that sought to harness the information arm of the state to build a viable, united and cohesive nation-state. GNA has therefore been operating in the unique role of mobilizing the citizens for nation building, economic and social development, national unity and integration.

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