A former Vice-President of the Bank of New York, Mr Boakye Kyeremateng Agyarko, has submitted the necessary documents and paid the stipulated Gh¢25,000 (¢250 million) to become the fifth New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential aspirant to file his nomination.
Mr Agyarko, who was dressed in a red, blue and white smock, was ushered into the NPP National Headquarters at Asylum Down by some of his supporters.
They also wore T-shirts on which the efigy of Mr Agyarko was embossed and also danced to brass band music.
Briefing the press after he had submitted his forms,Mr Agyarko said the NPP was the only party with a good ideology to develop Ghana and that “it is my abiding faith and desire that this party continues to rule this country for the next 50 years so that we can fundamentally transform the structures and dynamics of Ghana and make it the place God intended it be”.
He said the impressive record of the NPP Government, led by President Kufuor in the last seven years had made the foundation solid for transforming Ghana into a developed country.
According to Mr Agyarko, what was required was for the party to ensure that another NPP government governed the country and to achieve that, the party must take good care of its foot soldiers and make them battle-ready to ensure that the party won all elections.
Second, he said, the party must be fundamentally sound through the injection of appropriate logistics and the strengthening of its structures.
Mr Agyarko contended that all the 19 contestants in the race were able and capable men but reminded them to conduct their campaigns in the collective interest of the NPP.
He also urged them to unite to ensure that the party survived and won the next election.
He paid glowing tribute to all supporters of the various aspirants who converged at the recent rally held at Asamankese, particularly for the manner in which people wearing t-shirts of diffrent aspirants moved in unison and sang the same song.
According to him, filing his nomination to become the flagbearer was historic because he was a child of the NPP now grown to take a leadership role.
He commended the press for sustaining the NPP flagbearership race which he said was vital to the nation's democracy.
Mr Agyarko appealed to the media to be guided by their professional ethics to be fair and accurate in their reportage to ensure that the delegates and Ghanaians were well informed to make informed choices.
Story by Donald Ato Dapatem