PNC Reaches Out

By Daily Guide

3/5/2008 10:11:44 AM -

“We acknowledge your role in maintaining the stability of nations and hereby stretch out our hands of comradeship as we seek your support in our quest for political power to change Ghana,” was what Dr. Edward Nasigri Mahama churned out when he led a high-powered delegation of party executive to the Nima offices of DAILY GUIDE on Monday.

They were received by Mrs Gina Blay, Managing Editor; Fortune Alimi, Editor; and other senior officers of the newspaper house.

By the courtesy call, the presidential candidate and leader of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Dr. Edward Mahama who has just completed a tour of the Volta and Northern Regions, has unfolded a novelty in political campaigning which could be emulated by others as the race towards Election 2008 gradually gathers steam. He is the second presidential candidate to visit DAILY GUIDE after Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom of the Convention People’s Party (CPP).

He told his hosts that his party needs the support of the media, whose role in any effective political campaign, he said, cannot be overlooked.

During the visit, he held an interactive and frank discussion with top management staffers of the paper.

Dr. Mahama pointed out that one of the objectives of his mission was to correct certain misconceptions being held in some quarters about him, and to also clear the air on certain views about his relationship with the media.

A case in point, he explained, is the notion in some quarters that he is a Moslem because of his manner of dressing.

“There is nothing wrong with being a Moslem. In fact some people even address me as an Alhaji, but I do not like pretending. I have always been a Christian. It is only the media which can correct such misconceptions,” he said.

Although there is a mutual need for each other by the media and politicians, he said the latter need the former most.

On what he would do differently in education when he comes to power, he noted that the current elongation of the school year is not the answer to the shortcoming in this sector.

“We need to change the contents of the curricula and an extension.”

Teachers need motivation to give off their best, he said, adding that when he comes to power he would engage teachers in fashioning out the way forward.

He said he faults the current system whose development did not include the teachers who are the persons in the field and whose input is necessary.

The General Secretary of the party, Bernard Mornah, in his contribution, stated that the courtesy call was informed by the recognition of the media’s position as an important pillar of democracy.

The PNC, he observed, is of the view that every product must be taken to the market to be sold and since the media is such place for the transaction, “we have brought Dr. Mahama, who is the product, to the media so that they can identify him”.

It is the belief of the party, Mr. Mornah said, that their product, Dr. Mahama is of a superior quality and would therefore be bought by the media which he added has the capacity to do good and bad.

The engagement with the DAILY GUIDE is an opportunity to meet face-to-face as a way of creating a rapprochement for the good of both parties.

The meeting, he stressed, was to have the Dr. Edward Mahama-As-Next-President mission included in the agenda of the DAILY GUIDE.

In her response, the Managing Editor of the paper expressed gratitude for the call, and recalled the humble beginnings of the paper which she said was in a garage.

She assured the presidential candidate that the DAILY GUIDE would support all aspirants to tell their message because after all “we are all Ghanaians seeking the success of our country”.

She had earlier taken the visitors round the premises during which the presidential candidate expressed excitement at what for him is a tremendous progress made by the paper.

The entourage included Abukari Sumani, Policy Analyst; Henry Asante, Chairman of the Publicity Committee and the Deputy National Organiser; Sadik Quarshie, who took a facility trip of the DAILY GUIDE establishment.

By the time they took leave of DAILY GUIDE, the smiles on the faces of both hosts and guests pointed to a mutual satisfaction for an accomplished mission.

By A.R. Gomda

Other Stories
24-10-2014  Labour Strike: Return To The Negotiating Table, Ndc Man Pleads 24-10-2014  Betty Joins Ndc Race 23-10-2014  Ppp 2012 Mp Aspirant Joins Npp, Says Ppp Lacks “strong Party Structures” 23-10-2014  Kwaku Baako: Even If My Mother Is Made Ndc Flagbearer, I Will Vote Akufo-addo 23-10-2014  Statement: Bawumia Accepts Npp Running Mate Challenge 23-10-2014  Npp Meets Over Veep 23-10-2014  Ndc Foot Soldiers Chase Asiedu Nketia 23-10-2014  Ndc Foot Soldiers Call For Asiedu Nketia Resignation 22-10-2014  Campaign For Compulsory Education — Ppp 22-10-2014  Npp Stands To Gain A Lot If Bawumia Is Retained As Running Mate - Steve Ntim 22-10-2014  Allotey Jacobs: Ndc Will Use Tricks To Win Election 2016 21-10-2014  Npp Primary: Akufo-addo Has Shown True Leadership - Allotey Jacobs 21-10-2014  Alan, Nimoh Join Nana To Crush Ndc 21-10-2014  Akufo-addo Calls On Npp National Officers 21-10-2014  Npp Disbands Splinter Groups 20-10-2014  Aykoi Otoo: Npp Should Be Concerned About Delegates Recording Spoilt Ballots 20-10-2014  Volta Npp Fails Alan 20-10-2014  Dissolve Npp If Wobbly Ndc Wins 2016 Elections - Amoako-baah 20-10-2014  Npp Cries Over High Rejected Ballots 19-10-2014  Nasara Wing Of Npp Congratulates Nana Addo-dankwa Akufo-addo 19-10-2014  Nana Addo Wins Npp Flag-bearer With 94.35% Of Votes Cast 19-10-2014  Npp Has The Men And Women Who Can Do It — akufo-addo 18-10-2014  Akufo-addo Cruises To 3rd Consecutive Victory In Npp Primaries 18-10-2014  Npp Election Results At Nsuta Kwamang Beposo Constituency 18-10-2014  Npp Polls: Nana Addo Leads As Counting Begins 18-10-2014  Bugri Naabu Defies Npp Order, Declares Results Before 3pm 18-10-2014  Npp Delegates' Congress: Follow Results Here! 18-10-2014  Npp Will Do Better In Dome-kwabenya- Adwoa Safo 18-10-2014  Photo Updates: Npp Delegates Conference 18-10-2014  Chaos Hits Npp Headquarters Over Proxy Voting 18-10-2014  Ho Central Constituency Barred From Voting In Npp Primaries 18-10-2014  Npp Polls: Bawumia Votes In Wale Wale 18-10-2014  Confusion Galore: Akufo-addo Camp In Money Sharing At Polling Centres 18-10-2014  Npp Isn’t Broke — sammy Crabbe 18-10-2014  Over 140,000 Delegates; Three Candidates; One Npp- Who Bears The Flag? 18-10-2014  Npp Flagbearer Elections: Confusion Rocks Ledzorkuku Constituency Polls 18-10-2014  Be Calm; But Winning 2016 Is Non-negotiable — awuku Tells Npp Youth 18-10-2014  Nana Bails Out Npp 18-10-2014  All Set For Npp Big Day To Elect Presidential Candidate 18-10-2014  Polls Open In Npp Delegates' Conference