President Akufo-Addo was a factor in Justin Frimpong Kodua’s (JFK) desire to become a lawyer, according to the NPP’s general secretary.
He claimed that the President even urged him to pursue his interest in law in addition to his desire to become a politician.
JFK, as he is commonly known, recalled that his dream as a young, active man with roots in the NPP was to become a full-time politician.
But when he brought a prominent party member to see President Akufo-Addo at his Nima mansion in 2009, things were about to change.
As soon as Nana Addo recognized me, he said, “Kodua, we lost the elections.We are both currently unemployed and we just laughed together,” he recalled.
Mr. Kodua claimed that, prior to this visitation, he had first met President Akufo-Addo in 2005 while serving as a Student Leader at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
He said he had an impact on the President, who was serving as the Foreign Minister at the time.
Young guy, you are very eloquent and I will like you to be part of the young people I will groom in the party, he said to me, I remember him saying, “Young man,” JFK said.
The brief encounter was sufficient for Mr. Kodua to view President Akufo-Addo as a role model for his political career.
As a result, when asked about his goals when he visited the President at his residence, he was forthright.
“I told him I intended to pursue politics as a career and I was extremely honest with him about it.
He suggested that I attend law school if I was interested in politics and wanted to make it my full-time career at the time, which was in 2009.
For that one, you already have a second line of work and are independent of outside jobs.
He said to Evans Mensah on JoyNews’ PM Express, “You know, the moment you enter into politics, you are ‘tainted,’ and if you are not careful and your government loses elections, people will be uncomfortable employing you, but if you are a lawyer, you can be self-employed”.
According to Mr. Kodua, the former opposition leader went above and beyond to cover his first term’s tuition at law school.
“I entered law school in that manner, and it was in 2010.He was unequivocal: “In reality, that was the best advice anyone has ever given me”.