President Akufo-Addo has said the Volta Region has seen very little in terms of development over the years, despite voting massively for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in successive elections.
“I am sure that all of you have seen that today the umbrella has got nothing but holes in it. It can no longer act like an umbrella, it has got holes in it. When it rains and you put it up, the water will be upon you because it is no longer working as an umbrella,” he said.
The President made this known on Saturday at the launch of the 2020 campaign of the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) parliamentary candidate for Hohoe, John-Peter Amewu, at the RC Park in Hohoe, Volta Region.
He said, “The umbrella has dominated the politics of the Volta Region in the Fourth Republic, but what are the results? What is the progress that the Volta Region has seen under the umbrella? Zero! Zero! Zero! Absolutely zero!”
President Akufo-Addo said that since the 'elephant' assumed office in 2017, a lot of changes, in terms of development, were taking place in the Volta Region, adding “the time has come, with Hohoe in the lead, for the Volta Region to come and sit on the elephant, and the promise I am making to you is that, when you get on the elephant, you will never get off the elephant. You will stay there and stay there for years and years and years to come.”
He said “the elephant has come to bring progress and development to our country. The NPP has the blueprint for the development of Ghana. I am inviting you to join the NPP for the development of our country.”
In Mr Amewu, President Akufo-Addo said, he was confident that Hohoe had got an excellent candidate, describing him as one of the outstanding ministers of his government, saying, “He was very good as the minister for lands and natural resources and a brilliant minister of energy. The man who has kept the lights on in our country, the man who is saving us a lot of money and renegotiating with the IPPs of our country. Even without being an MP, you have seen the work that he has been doing in Hohoe. Add MP to the minister, and you will see the rapid transformation of Hohoe.”
The President further said in 2016 he had no record of holding the high office of President, but said this time around “I have to come to you on my record, what I have done in these four years as President of the Republic.”
He continued, “The question that you have to ask yourself is, have I remained faithful to you? Have I stood by my commitments to you? And if I have stood by my commitments, if I have remained faithful to you, then you can look upon me as a man of integrity, a man who keeps his words, a man who fulfills his promises to the people.”