PPP national tour causing waves
5/4/2012 12:24:42 AM -
The national campaign tour embarked on by the presidential candidate of the Progressive People's Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, since last Thursday has received outstanding support and patronage throughout the regions visited so far.
Dr. Nduom together with his campaign team kick-started his nationwide tour at Gomoa Nyanyano in the Central Region where many residents gathered at vantage points along the streets to welcome and receive him amidst singing, drumming and dancing accompanied by brass band music.
Whiles there, the PPP presidential hopeful paid a courtesy call to the Odikro and Ohyehene, Dr. Nana Obeng Wiabo V, at his palace.
In his address, Nana Wiabo intimated that Ghanaians in general have experienced the governance of all the political parties in the country, knowing what they can offer and stressed that it is time Ghanaians try another party for the nation to progress steadily.
The chief, who kept referring to Dr. Nduom as Ghana's next president, assured the PPP standard bearer of their (chiefs in the area) commitment to give him (Dr. Nduom) the needed support to enable him succeed in his quest to become president of the Republic of Ghana.
He commended Dr. Nduom on the clean way in which he organises his campaign and charged his followers to emulate him.
Nana Wiabo pleaded with Dr. Nduom to make his number one priority the plight of orphans and children suffering from all kinds of illness in order to help secure their future.
In his response, Dr. Nduom said he began his nationwide tour from the Nyanyano, because the area has so much in common with his he (Nduom) comes from, Elmina, particularly fishing.
He stated that PPP is ready for the challenge of managing the affairs of the nation into prosperity, and charged Ghanaians to have confidence in the party and vote massively for him in the upcoming December elections.
He called for an immediate end to politics of insults and announced that his party will continue to the clean campaign to maintain peace and order in the country.
Touching on what the PPP will do if Ghanaians give him the mandate to be president, Dr. Nduom promised to institute a policy to ensure that education from the Kindergarten to the Senior High School (SHS) level is free. He also promised to build more schools and teachers bungalows as well as give teachers the salaries they deserve to facilitate his agenda for education.
On health, Dr. Nduom stated that his main priority will be on improving sanitation across the country to reduce the incidence of malaria as countries, such as the USA, have done.
He charged people to discard the notion that a vote for the PPP is a wasted vote, and affirmed that the party has come to lift Ghanaians from the difficulties and hardship inflicted on them by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
At Nyanyano, Dr. Nduom also addressed the leadership of the fishing community at a mini-durbar.
Dr. Nduom later went to Awutu Senya Beraku, his ancestral hometown, where he briefly met with his family, the chief of the town and later addressed a durbar organised in his honour.
The first phase of the Central Region tour ended at Apam. Although the programme went deep into the night, the chief and people waited patiently for Dr. Nduom and his team to turn up.
At a durbar organised in his honour, Dr. Nduom assured the people that a PPP government will fight hard to improve education and the fishing industry, the main occupation of the people of Apam.
The Nduom bandwagon then made its way to two other ancient fishing towns, Moree and Biriwa, also in the Central Region
In a scenario reminiscent of the conversion of the entire township of the two fishing communities, many who thronged the campaign ground of the PPP were later spotted in groups after the mini-rally discussing the air of peace and decency that this new political party is breathing into Ghana's politics.
At the durbar ground, Dr. Nduom made a quick dash to a biometric registration centre close to by to assess how the third phase of the exercise was going, and was told it has been very peaceful in the area. He advised them to continue the good work.
Dr. Nduom challenged the people of the Moree to be conscious of sanitation to avoid the outbreak of preventable diseases that, ironically, remain killers in Ghana and on the entire African continent.
He assured the chiefs and people of the two towns that his administration will make environmental cleanliness a top policy priority just like the policies to ensure job creation for the youth and an incorruptible national administration.
Similar scenario was enacted during PPP's earlier visit to Biriwa in the Mfantsiman West Constituency and lying to the west off the Anomabo section of the Accra-Cape Coast road in the Central Region. The signs were clear right from Mankessim that the PPP could receive in the Central Region unprecedented boost to its activities.
That deduction was clearly established during Dr. Nduom's visit to Esuahyia in the Mfanstsiman East Constituency, Central Region. People from the farming community met Dr. Nduom on the Accra-Cape Coast highway and accompanied him to the inland town amidst drumming and dancing.
Some of them accompanied the PPP entourage from the High-way to the Esuahyia town where a huge durbar was organized at the Esuahyia Traditional Council premises in honour of Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom. In attendance were the chairman of the Ekumfi Traditional Council, Nana Impriam; his Tufuhene, the Sanaahene, Ankobeahene, Akwaamuhene and many others who head traditional entities within Ekumfi.
According to sources, ecstatic unemployed youth were first to spot the Nduom entourage from a distance and quickly spread the message to other townfolks at Kormantse, Abanadze, Egya No.s 1, 2 & 3 and Anomabo. From the gestures of the residents and indigenes of those towns, they would have preferred Edwumawura and his team to have stopped in their towns to share a moment or two with them before he going on to Biriwa.
The Biriwa durbar in honour of the PPP and Dr. Nduom was attended by the chief, Nana Kwaw Bonko.
The next phase of Dr. Nduom's tour took him to the Eastern Region, which he took by storm. Scores of people in Odumase, Lower Manya Krobo District, defied the cold night and stayed out to welcome Edwumawura.
The the venue for the rally, Odumase Lorry Park, was inundated by party activists clad in the PPP colours of red and white. Conspicuous were some of the sweat-drenched but persevering party die-hards who had waited since 10:00 A.M. for the arrival of the business magnate and party standard bearer, Dr. Nduom.
During the mini-rally, Dr Nduom introduced the party's parliamentary candidate of Lower Manya Constituency, Alex Tetteh-Narh, to the people.
He told them Mr. Narh will not be a mere bench warmer in Parliament when they vote for him and urged them to support the candidate in every possible way to win the seat.
Delayed by his visits to Nsawam-Adoagyire and Obosomase, Dr. Nduom reached Akropong later than scheduled, but the town folk turned up for massive festival during which inhabitants refused to allow Dr Nduom take leave of them.
Earlier, Dr. Nduom paid a courtesy call on the Queen Mother of Adoagyire and also visited the wood carvers at Aburi where he introduced to the people the PPP parliamentary candidate for the Akuapen South Constituency, Kwaku Fredua Agyeman.
The PPP 2012 flag-bearer is ably supported in his campaign tour by PPP National Chairman, Nii Allottey Brew Hammond; national executive members, Mike Eghan, Mrs. Mary Ankomah Boakye Boateng; National Secretary, Kofi Asamoah Siaw, and; Operations Director, Nana Ofori.