Prof. Mills Takes Fight to NPP Stronghold

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9/30/2004 -

Whoever thinks the National Democratic Congress is dead in the Ashanti region, considered to be the traditional stronghold of the NPP, must be joking.

Whoever thinks the National Democratic Congress is dead in the Ashanti region, considered to be the traditional stronghold of the NPP, must be joking.

The visit of the flag bearer, Prof. John Evans Attah Mills last Monday, has proven the contrary.

The party has started making serious incursions into the camp of the ruling government in an attempt to snatch political power, come December 2004 polls, to address the socio-economic and political-cultural aspirations of Ghanaians as stipulated in the NDC's manifesto, "A Better Ghana."

The party's flagbearer, Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, together with his campaign team and the regional executives of the party, has began a campaign tour of the Ashanti region to introduce himself and NDC's parliamentary candidates representing the various constituencies, to the electorate for their votes.

Although the tour met the people on their working days, the people who were mostly farmers, took time off to welcome the Professor and his team in thick crowds which included the chiefs.

The tour took him to Bekwai, Akrokerri, Fomena, Adansi-Ahwiaso and Obuasi where a mini rally was held to climax the campaign.

Addressing the supporters at Obuasi, the NDC torchbearer campaigned for votes to support the party's political agenda, declaring that they were ready to assume the mantle of government in January 2005.

According to him, current developments had proved the NPP wrong on their assertion that the NDC under the leadership of former President Rawlings ruined the nation's economy and asserted that it was a propaganda to deceive Ghanaians.

Atta Mills indicated that the ¢41 trillion debt purported to have been incurred by the NDC government was a misplaced one since part of it was incurred by previous governments from the days of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

He dismissed also recent reports in the media that he and his cronies wanted to destabilize the nation and referred the supporters to the 2000 elections in which he (Atta Mills) accepted defeat without any threat to national security.

He assured the good people of Ghana of his commitment to consolidating the country's democracy and enjoined all and sundry to do the same and entreated his supporters to calm down in the face of insults, innuendos and the like from their opponents to forestall any violence before, during and after the December elections.

Earlier on, the NDC Presidential Candidate had swept allegations of corruption to the doorsteps of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), indicating that Prez. Kufuor and his government had lost control and corruption had become institutionalised in their administration.

According to the Professor, the positive change promised by the NPP at some stage in the 2000 electioneering campaign only brought negative consequences to Ghanaians and named some as poverty, high tariffs on utilities and astronomical school fee charges.

He averred that the government of the NPP had made a privileged few enjoy better life in the country and swiped at the ostentatious lifestyle of his ministers.

The former regional minister for Ashanti, Mr. Daniel Ohene Agyekum, dared the NPP to continue using the slogan "hwe wo asetenamu ", translated literally as "assess your standard of living before voting," and branded the present government as a perpetual liar and corrupt by nature.

According to him, Ghana could only come out from its economic woes when the leaders of the country adhered to truth and admitted their mistakes.

"It is only truth that can alleviate the nation from its economic woes," he asserted.

Ohene Agyekum accused the NPP government as well of killing the Dagbon Paramount Chief because it failed to protect him in the last hour.

"It is the duty of government to protect everyone including the Dagbon Chief who was killed in broad daylight but this was not done by the NPP and it depicts that they deliberately connived with those murderers to kill him (Ya-Na)," he told the party's supporters during the rally.

The visit of the flag bearer, Prof. John Evans Attah Mills last Monday, has proven the contrary.

The party has started making serious incursions into the camp of the ruling government in an attempt to snatch political power, come December 2004 polls, to address the socio-economic and political-cultural aspirations of Ghanaians as stipulated in the NDC's manifesto, "A Better Ghana."

The party's flagbearer, Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, together with his campaign team and the regional executives of the party, has began a campaign tour of the Ashanti region to introduce himself and NDC's parliamentary candidates representing the various constituencies, to the electorate for their votes.

Although the tour met the people on their working days, the people who were mostly farmers, took time off to welcome the Professor and his team in thick crowds which included the chiefs.

The tour took him to Bekwai, Akrokerri, Fomena, Adansi-Ahwiaso and Obuasi where a mini rally was held to climax the campaign.

Addressing the supporters at Obuasi, the NDC torchbearer campaigned for votes to support the party's political agenda, declaring that they were ready to assume the mantle of government in January 2005.

According to him, current developments had proved the NPP wrong on their assertion that the NDC under the leadership of former President Rawlings ruined the nation's economy and asserted that it was a propaganda to deceive Ghanaians.

Atta Mills indicated that the ¢41 trillion debt purported to have been incurred by the NDC government was a misplaced one since part of it was incurred by previous governments from the days of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

He dismissed also recent reports in the media that he and his cronies wanted to destabilize the nation and referred the supporters to the 2000 elections in which he (Atta Mills) accepted defeat without any threat to national security.

He assured the good people of Ghana of his commitment to consolidating the country's democracy and enjoined all and sundry to do the same and entreated his supporters to calm down in the face of insults, innuendos and the like from their opponents to forestall any violence before, during and after the December elections.

Earlier on, the NDC Presidential Candidate had swept allegations of corruption to the doorsteps of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), indicating that Prez. Kufuor and his government had lost control and corruption had become institutionalised in their administration.

According to the Professor, the positive change promised by the NPP at some stage in the 2000 electioneering campaign only brought negative consequences to Ghanaians and named some as poverty, high tariffs on utilities and astronomical school fee charges.

He averred that the government of the NPP had made a privileged few enjoy better life in the country and swiped at the ostentatious lifestyle of his ministers.

The former regional minister for Ashanti, Mr. Daniel Ohene Agyekum, dared the NPP to continue using the slogan "hwe wo asetenamu ", translated literally as "assess your standard of living before voting," and branded the present government as a perpetual liar and corrupt by nature.

According to him, Ghana could only come out from its economic woes when the leaders of the country adhered to truth and admitted their mistakes.

"It is only truth that can alleviate the nation from its economic woes," he asserted.

Ohene Agyekum accused the NPP government as well of killing the Dagbon Paramount Chief because it failed to protect him in the last hour.

"It is the duty of government to protect everyone including the Dagbon Chief who was killed in broad daylight but this was not done by the NPP and it depicts that they deliberately connived with those murderers to kill him (Ya-Na)," he told the party's supporters during the rally.

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