Goosie Hits Road

Goosie Augustus Tanoh

Goosie Augustus Tanoh, a National Democratic Congress (NDC) aspiring Presidential Candidate, would on Wednesday, October 10, begin a nationwide tour to kick-start his campaign to share ideas with members of the party and Ghanaians as a whole.

Dubbed “Organising for Ghana”, the tour will also offer his team the opportunity to engage, listen and share ideas with party members at the grass-roots level without pomp.

Mr. Tanoh announced this during a media interaction at the weekend to outline his campaign plans for the presidential slot and other campaigns that could catapult him into the helm of affairs of Ghana in 2021.

He said the media interaction was to recognise the key role the media played in the developmental agenda of the country and urged them to remain neutral and make politicians and all Ghanaians for that matter accountable to what they say and do.

The aspiring candidate indicated his readiness to re-establish relations with people in NDC with trust as he had the demonstrable capacity to mobilise in both the private and public sectors with strict adherence to the tenets of the party.

Mr. Tanoh gave an assurance that if given the slot, he would work hard to eliminate extreme poverty, resuscitate the almost collapsed health sector, revive the economy and make Ghana a powerful and admirable country in the world.

“I will do all these through building productive sectors with universal healthcare, provide real living wages and ensure food security and food sufficiency to reduce perennial importation of food and empower the people by creating wealth through self-help projects.

He advised media practitioners to be objective and professional by debating issues and policies and not personalities as that could be retrogressive.

Mr. Tandoh presented his letter of intent to contest the flagbearership position of the NDC on August 30 this year at the party headquarters.

Augustus “Goosie” Obuadum Tanoh is a Ghanaian politician and a member of the NDC, whose life-long passion has been the empowerment of ordinary people.

Goosie was one of the prominent founding members of the NDC who openly raised concerns about the lack of internal democracy in the NDC and the resultant watering down of the NDC’s commitment to empower ordinary people that resulted from the wholesale re-appointment of former PNDC officials into the Rawlings cabinet.

The confrontation over internal democracy, accountability, and direction resulted in their departure in 1999 to form the National Reform Party (NRP) and he stood as the NRP presidential candidate in the 2000 elections which were won by President Kufuor.

In 2004, President Mills appealed to NRP cadres to return to the NDC and work with him to effect the reforms that NRP had proposed. Most NRP activists accepted this offer and Goosie had since remained out of the NDC spotlight but continued his grass-roots political work and cultivated a new cadre dedicated to democratising the NDC and reviving its earlier culture of voluntarism, accountability and transparency and has been a key player in all recent NDC campaigns.

In recent years, Goosie has worked as a consultant and a developer of energy and industrial infrastructure while planning the revival of the agribusiness which has the capacity to transform our countryside on a more democratic basis and define sensible parameters for state investment in rural development.