11.01.2008 Politics

Mills: I will not succumb to pressure… to name my running mate

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By Ghanaian Chronicle

PROFESSOR JOHN Evans Atta Mills, the flag bearer of the main opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has stated that he will not succumb to pressure to name his running mate and that at the appropriate time he would do so.

“I will name my running mate at the appropriate time. I will not disappoint you,” he said emphasizing that what matters for him now was the plight of children in the country.

According to Prof. Mills, politics was about sincerity, honesty and truth, noting that leading a country needs the proper identification of problems and the appropriate solutions to offer.

The NDC flag bearer was speaking to the press after he presented Christmas items valued at GH¢300 to the children at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital yesterday.

Prof. Mills, who was accompanied by his wife Naadu Mills, the former Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Nuamah Donkor, Mr. Fred Ohene Kena, former Energy Minister, Hon. Jonathan Nii Tackie Commey, MP for Odododiodio, Fritz Nana Bafuor, Parliamentary candidate for Ablekuma South, Mr. Eddie Annan, ex-presidential hopeful and Mr. Emmanuel Victor Smith, Special Assistant to former President Jerry John Rawlings among others, stated that the children were the future leaders of the country hence the need to take good care of them.

“The future of this country depends on our children and I think that leaders who are in the helm of affairs must put in place proper policies to take consideration of our children.”

According to him any government that was concerned about the plight of children should draw up policies and programs that would favour them.

Prof. Mills, also the former Vice President stated that it was unfortunate for some people to accuse the NDC on whatever it says, stressing that whatever the NDC talks about was genuine since the party had been in the helm of affairs in the country before.

“After 8 years in government, we know what we are talking about. We are not just talking but we are talking from experience,” he said.

The NDC leader, who said this year offers good things to come and that there would be prosperity at the end of the tunnel, indicated that his mission for presenting the items to the children was to demonstrate that he cares for them.

Prof. Mills commended the health experts at the hospital. He said despite the challenges faced by the teaching hospital, the staff of the hospital had been able to live up to expectations, stressing that when the NDC assumes power, it would continue to deepen the relationship.

Mrs. Naadu Mills, on behalf of Prof. Mills, presented the items to the Children Department after which the couple interacted with the sick children in the block. They also presented toys and many other assorted gifts to them.

Being a Christian, Prof. Mills shared some prayers with the children and asked God's healing power to reach them.

The Acting Chief Executive Officer of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and the Director of Administration, Mr. Chris Nartey, commended the NDC leader for his gesture and recounted how Prof. Mills taught him to become what he is today.

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