The University of Cape Coast branch of the Tertiary Students Confederacy of the NPP has described Nana Akufo-Addo's election as the Presidential Candidate of the party as "a sure recipe for victory in the 2008 election."
According to the group the selection of Nana Akufo-Addo as the flag bearer has not only rekindled the spirit of the party's rank and file, "but also put them in the best of psychological shape to continue to sacrifice for the party as they now see the NPP as a party that is worth dying for."
In a congratulatory statement signed by Samuel Amankwah and Jeffrey Adamson, Secretary and PRO respectively, the group particularly commended the delegates for rising above all forms of short-term personal gains and selecting "the politician of the moment" who is widely seen as the best person to take over from the President Kufuor in 2009.
"The delegates actually did a good job by going for Nana Akufo-Addo because developments and comments from the party's foot soldiers and the general public before, during and after the December Congress have proved that dark clouds would be hanging on the NPP's prospects of retaining power in this year's election if Nana lost the race."
The statement described the Presidential Candidate as a loyal apostle of the Danquah-Busia tradition and a patriotic citizen who has sacrificed so much for the NPP, as well as the entire nation, as far as the fight for restoration of democracy was concerned in the days of military dictatorship.
While commending Nana Akufo-Addo on his "hard-won and well-deserved victory", the statement also praised the other aspirants, especially Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen, for endorsing the decision of the delegates and also pledging to work with the winner to ensure victory in the December election.
"We also want to commend the National Executive and the entire rank and file of the party for helping to ensure the successful organisation of the historic congress, and also protecting the time-tested democratic credentials of the party," the statement added.
The statement finally called on the supporters of the various aspirants to close their ranks and work collectively to put the party on a solid footing to ensure a resounding victory in the general election due to be held in December this year.
By Kwabena Amankwah