The President of Imani Africa, Franklin Cudjoe, has reaffirmed the importance of Senior Vice President, Kofi Bentil within the organization, despite his public support for the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) flagbearer, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
In a Facebook post, Mr. Cudjoe emphasized that while individual viewpoints on national matters are acknowledged, they are secondary to the collective mission of the organization. He stressed the significance of independent analysis and critique within an environment that values freedom and liberty.
Mr. Cudjoe reassured that personal affiliations will not compromise IMANI Africa’s commitment to impartial evaluation and discussion of crucial issues. He underscored that despite Mr. Bentil’s support for a specific political figure, his integral role within the organization remains unaffected.
In a previous Facebook post, Kofi Bentil urged Ghanaians to offer Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia a fair and impartial opportunity to showcase his capabilities, highlighting Bawumia’s lack of prior presidential experience and the importance of evaluating both candidates.
Despite his stance, Mr. Bentil faced criticism, particularly from individuals affiliated with the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and revealed that he has faced threats to his life and businesses since publicly endorsing Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia as the 2024 NPP flagbearer.
Despite these challenges, Mr. Bentil expressed determination to continue expressing his opinions without fear. He shared these developments on JoyNews, underscoring the significance of the issues he faced throughout the week.
“In this light, Mr. Kofi Bentil, whose personal political views were expressed about a preference for a candidate in this year’s election, remains an integral part of IMANI,” Mr. Cudjoe posted. In essence, his post highlights the organization’s dedication to its core principles of impartiality and independent analysis despite individual members’ political affiliations.