Kofi Koranteng Leads Independent Presidential Aspirants

The Coalition of Independent Political Aspirants (CIPA) has announced the selection of investment banker and mechanical engineer, Mr. Kofi Koranteng as the leader of the Independent Presidential Aspirants (IPA).

His selection was unanimously arrived at, following a long process which included other aspirants such as Messrs Marricke Kofi Gane, Carl Ebo Morgan, Samuel Ofori Ampofo and Onipayede Ossom Teye.

In a statement signed by CIPA Steering Committee Chairman, Dr. Kwaku A. Danso and copied to Fox FM Online, the Coalition said “CIPA is extremely proud of being the first organisation to effectively pull together a collection of independent presidential aspirants to work together as one team, and CIPA wholeheartedly endorses the leadership of Mr. Kofi Koranteng as primus inter pares, the first among equals.”

Last week, the gentlemen battled it out on their ideas and priorities for the country at a debate organized by IMANI and JOYNEWS at the University of Professional Studies, Accra.

“The vision and mission of CIPA has been to create a global platform that supports a younger generation of political aspirants who do not subscribe to the current corruption mindset and club mentality of winner-takes-all politics. Our global base of independently minded supporters wishes to break the monopoly of powers wielded by the NPP/NDC who cannot even declare their source of wealth as they illegally dish out monies and gifts to buy party delegates, and have corrupted our electoral system, broke down most government service functions, and made politics into a den of self-serving bureaucrats.”

“The character and integrity of all aspirants is very critical to this selection process and it is our mission to usher in an era where government will act as a facilitator to attract investment capital as well as Ghanaian Diaspora global talent to rebuild Ghana as the black star of Africa and source of black pride in the world.”

Meanwhile a member of the IPA, Mr. Marricke Kofi Gane on Monday broke away from the Coalition citing reasons of lack of transparency and credibility during the IMANI/JOYNEWS debate. He also turned down the position of a running mate for Mr. Kofi Koranteng.

The Coalition has provided some clarity on the issue revealing that “As far back as April 2020, it was clear to CIPA that both Mr. Kofi Koranteng and Mr. Marricke Kofi Gane were the two strongest candidates among the IPA’s, but with Covid 19 raging and with Mr. Koranteng “stuck” in the USA, CIPA suggested that Mr. Gane lead the coalition. This decision was based on social media presence, physical presence in Ghana, and with the agreement of the other IPAs.  The only proviso was that Mr. Marricke Kofi Gane appoint Mr. Kofi Koranteng as his running mate.”

The statement continued that Mr. Gane asked for some time to consider the proposal, especially as he already had a potential running mate in mind.  To ease Mr. Gane’s dilemma, Mr. Koranteng spoke directly with him and made it clear that he would be willing to step aside and allow Mr. Gane to choose his own running mate.  Mr. Gane expressed gratitude to him for this gesture. To all intents and purposes Mr. Gane was now the de facto leader of the coalition.

“For the next six weeks, there was no attempt by Mr. Marricke Kofi Gane to work with, or attempt to consolidate the coalition.  He missed completely, or was late to, or left early on ELEVEN (11) occasions out of the TWENTY ONE (21) meetings held, and he basically failed to show any sense of the leadership commitment needed. CIPA then withdrew the proposal, but continued to work with the 5 candidates including Mr. Marricke Kofi Gane in the process of selecting a leader of the IPAs.”

Before the IMANI/JOY News Debate, the IPAs and CIPA had agreed to some criteria that would help choose a leader.  Inter alia, performance at the debate as measured by two specific polls (Joy News Facebook and Joy News Twitter) would be counted as part of the selection criteria.  Based on these criteria Mr. Kofi Koranteng was selected.

CIPA has worked extremely hard over the past 21 weeks with committee members from Australia, Ghana, UK and USA attempting to keep a united front with the IPAs, but if one wishes to go his own way there is nothing more that CIPA can do.

The Coalition has however invited all Ghanaians both home and abroad to donate unreservedly to help them retire the NPP and NDC and attract the youth of Ghana to believe again in themselves as black people in a second wave of Ghana’s independence.

“The youth of Ghana should never be deceived again with slogans. With the cooperation of all Ghanaians and our African Diaspora, we can put Ghana back on the right track; stop the massive borrowing that has reached GHC 258 billion; stop the reckless spending habits; punish corruption; and manage our economy.”

“We can demonstrate the needed skills to create a modern society; design a more equitable taxation policy; create an open atmosphere for entrepreneurial capital formation, and create jobs for the millions that are not even counted and seem forgotten by the NPP and NDC.”