Afari-Gyan became EC boss after I met him at a drinking spot – Ahwoi

Professor Kwamena Ahwoi in his book, “Working with Rawlings” has recounted how he ‘discovered” former chairman of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, Kwadwo Afari-Gyan at a drinking spot.

According to the former Local Government Minister, he met the longest serving EC boss who was then a lecturer at the University of Ghana, at a drinking spot at Achimota forest area where most of his colleague lecturers gather to have a drinking.

Ahwoi said passed by the spot while looking for Kofi Drah, a Senior Lecturer to convince him to join the committee of experts to work on Ghana’s 1992 constitution.

When he went to the drinking spot, he met Afari-Gyan drinking alone and decided to have a conversation with him to help him find the residence of Mr. Drah.

“I joined him and engaged him in a conversation, hoping to find out from him the residence of Mr Drah. As the conversation dragged on, I began to see Dr Afari-Gyan in a new light. He was not only a progressive intellectual; he was also pro-Nkrumaist and not hostile to the revolution.

“I steered the conversation in the direction of the unfolding transition to constitutional rule and his views seemed to echo those of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC).

“I aborted my trip to locate Mr Drah’s house, turned back and reported to Captain Tsikata’s Office the next day. The rest is history,” Prof Ahwoi wrote.

Written by GhanaSlayers

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