NPP poised to win run-off History favours ruling party

By The Statesman

12/15/2008 11:11:38 AM -

History, it is said, serves as a guide into the future.

The leadership of the New Patriotic Party is relying on this maxim to assert that the party, which won the December 7 presidential election but could not hit the 50% plus 1 mark in the presidential race to ensure total victory, would win the presidential run-off scheduled for December 28, 2008.

Peter Mac Manu, NPP National Chairman, stated that the record of the country's recent political history shows that once a party takes the lead in a first round ballot, "victory in the second round is firmly assured.'

He was addressing the media at the party"s headquarters yesterday by way of reviewing the just-ended general elections by the National Executives including the President, John Kufuor, Vice President Aliu Mahama, the party's presidential candidate for the election, Nana Akufo-Addo, and his running mate, Mahamudu Bawumia.

The National Chairman cited 1979 when the People's National Party presidential candidate, the late Hilla Limann, led the first round against the Popular Front Party's Victor Owusu, which went in his (Limann's) favour.

He went further to cite 2000, when then NPP presidential candidate J.A Kufuor, led the first round and won the Presidency in the second round against the National Democratic Congress' presidential candidate, then Vice President J.E.A Mills.

Mac Manu then predicts, 'This year, Nana Akufo-Addo leads in the first round against the same J.E.A Mills, and will most probably be elected President in the second round.'

According to Mr. Mac Manu, the voting pattern of Ghanaians at the recent polls indicated that it requires a broad approach to government and said with the experience and skills of Nana Akufo-Addo, as a third term MP for Abuakwa South, he remains the best to work with different political parties in Parliament.

While setting the record straight, the NPP described the claim by the NDC that it has majority members in Parliament, as false and sheer propaganda because 'no party obtained 116 seats and above.' Ghana's Parliament is made up of 230 seats.

The official parliamentary results released by the Electoral Commission for the two main parties are NPP, 108 and NDC, 113 seats.

Explaining, Mac Manu hinted that the four independent candidates, who campaigned for the NPP presidential candidate had indicated their intention of voting with the NPP, bringing the NPP total voting capacity to112.

They stood for the Nkawkaw, Bekwai, Wulensi and Bosome-Freho constituencies.

According to him, the NPP is poised to win Akwatia and Asutifi South - which the EC had not yet declared because of electoral disputes.

The NPP is also challenging the results of a number of seats declared in favour of the NDC. These are Ablekuma South, Akontombra, Sefwi Wiawso and Tain constituencies. He commended the party executives, rank and file, polling station executives, and foot soldiers for their dedication and selfless service to the party, and urged (party) supporters and all Ghanaians to turn out in their numbers to vote and deliver a massive victory for Nana Akufo-Addo on December 28 this year.

Other Stories
23-07-2014  Npp Can Promise Heaven On Earth, But Ndc Will Win 2016 Elections - Ametor Quarmyne 22-07-2014  Egypt Court Says 'devil Guided' Jailed Jazeera Journalists 22-07-2014  Npp Women Endorse Nana Akufo-addo 22-07-2014  Npp Uk Jabs Mahama 22-07-2014  Npp Donates Food To Muslims 21-07-2014  Ghanaians Will Retain Ndc In 2016 – Amaliba 21-07-2014  Mahama Has Forced Many To Quit Ndc 20-07-2014  Portuphy Takes Bold Step Towards Ndc Chairmanship Slot, Tuesday 19-07-2014  Return Information Ministry Building To Cpp - Kweku Baako 19-07-2014  Ndc Fights Us Embassy 19-07-2014  Npp's Victory In 2016 Depends On Me — Alan Kyerematen 18-07-2014  Npp Elects Flagbearer October 18 17-07-2014  Npp Man Plans To Garnishee Finance Ministry Accounts To Offset Getfund Arrears 17-07-2014  Npp Confirms October 18 For Presidential Primaries 17-07-2014  Blows At Ndc Meeting 17-07-2014  Alan Kyerematen: A Platinum Product On Market Now, Which Npp Must Present To Capture Power 17-07-2014  Ndc Constituency Chairman In Verbal Assault With Women's Organiser 17-07-2014  Effutu Ppp Demonstration 17-07-2014  Ppp Is Bigger Than Any Individual — divine Nkrumah 16-07-2014  Ndc Approves $300m Dodgy Loan 16-07-2014  Npp Picks August 30 For Special Congress 16-07-2014  Npp Group Threatens To Go To Court 16-07-2014  Changes In Mahama's Gov't Intended To Make Internal Peace With Ndc - Amoako Baah 15-07-2014  Harry Zarkour, Portuphy To Contest Ndc Chair 15-07-2014  Ndc Blocks World Cup Probe 15-07-2014  Harry Zakour, Kofi Portuphy In Ndc Race 15-07-2014  The Only Way To End Your Suffering Is Vote Out Ndc - Akomea To Ghanaians 14-07-2014  Alan Preaches Npp Unity 14-07-2014  Nduom Cannot Chicken Out At This Crucial Hour When Ndc Gov’t Is Sick 14-07-2014  Blame Ndc’s Bad Administration For Brazil Asylum Seekers’ Attempt 13-07-2014  Asabee: I Am Still In Race To Be Npp Flagbearer 12-07-2014  Ndc On Warpath, Security Beefed Up 12-07-2014  Ndc Supporters Defect To Npp 11-07-2014  Confusion Hits Npp Over 7 Aspirants 11-07-2014  Thousands Of Ndc Supporters Allegedly Defect To Npp In Agona West 10-07-2014  Ndc Cadres Fire At Nec For Violating Partys Constitution 10-07-2014  Give Aspirants Fair Chance To Campaign Kwesi Pratt Advises Npp 09-07-2014  7 Potential Aspirants….too Early To Say Npp Will Go For A Special Congress - K Agya 09-07-2014  Npp Meets Over 7 Aspirants 09-07-2014  Brong Ahafo Npp Regional Chairman Commends Alan
DO NOT PRAISE A RICH MAN UNLESS YOU KNOW THE SOURCE OF HIS WEALTH
By: GRG BARNES