Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, an opinionated member of parliament for Assin Central and Flagbearer hopeful for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), has pleaded with Ghanaians not to compare him to former US President Donald Trump.
Ken Agyapong referred to himself as “the people’s man.”
Due to his shift from the business sector to politics and his unwavering stance on different topics, Ken Agyapong, a successful entrepreneur who is one of ten candidates fighting for the leadership of the NPP for the forthcoming 2024 elections, is sometimes compared to Trump. However, Mr Agyapong quickly disassociates himself from such similarities.
He argues that many of the measures Donald Trump implemented while he was President, were harmful to regular people, which is why he passionately rejects any comparism with the former US President.
“I call myself the people’s man. When you talk about business, and you mention Donald Trump, I agree. But if you tell me, in politics, I’m like Donald Trump, I disagree. I have been in politics for about 32 years. Donald Trump was a typical businessman, and he went into politics to make a change. Some of his policies were too harsh to ordinary citizens, but when it comes to Ken Agyapong, I think about the ordinary people first and not the higher class.”Ken Agyapong
Moreover, Mr Agyapong clarified his position on the Trump’s analogy, while stating categorically what his political ideology is.
“Although the NPP aligns with the Republicans, I’m a Democrat. Democrats always make policies that take care of ordinary people. For Republicans, sometimes their decisions are very tough and do not favor the ordinary citizen. I’m not a conservative, I’m not a socialist either, I’m a liberal.”Ken Agyapong
Agyapong Claims Not To Be Arrogant, But Truthful
Ken Agyapong expressed his disapproval of the unfair categorization of those who tell the truth as “haughty.”
The well-known business entrepreneur remarked that many others are being deterred from openly discussing important topics because they do not want to be labeled as arrogant by the undeserved criticism of many because they speak the truth. “A lot of people in Ghana are afraid to speak the truth because they are afraid they will be called arrogant. When you speak the truth, they say you are arrogant, they say you are insulting,” he opined.
When asked what he makes of his often-considered harsh commentary and responses on public radio and television stations, he said: “I always reciprocate actions and before I come out, you would have done it for several times that I did not even say anything. And one day, when I come out, because it is me, then the public begin to have problems with my response and I think that is unfair.”
“If we really want to develop this country, we should all have confidence, be bold, honest, sincere, disciplined and change this country. But a situation where you have responded to somebody’s allegations and insults and they ignore what was said against you and reprimand you for what you have said, I think is wrong.”Ken Agyapong
He also argued that because his positive deeds outweighs his alleged bad deeds, he is a good model worth learning from.
Addressing the pervasive corruption issues in Ghana that led to the creation of the Office of the Special Prosecutor, Mr. Agyapong emphasized that Ghanaians should actively participate as partners in the fight against this pervasive issue, and work in tandem with the government’s initiatives to combat corruption.
Additionally, he said that it was a grave error to begin the fight against corruption without first persuading Ghanaians that they were key players in the conflict.