17.01.2008 Politics

Election Should Not Be A Cause For Violence- Nana Akufo-Addo

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The flagbearer and the Leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, has pointed out that the 2008 general election should not be a cause for violence among the people in the country.

'I expect the Electoral Commission to organise a free and fair election, if this is done then we can have a peaceful country,' he stated.

He called on all Chiefs in the Zongo Community to pray for the sustainability of peace, which, he said, is a requisite for development in any nation.

Nana Akufo-Addo made the call, yesterday, at his official residence in Accra when he  met  the chiefs and people of the zongo community.

The chiefs were made up of a representative of the National Chief Imam, as well as Regional and District Chiefs of the zongo communities. The purpose of the meeting was to afford him the opportunity to thank and also formally announce to them his position as the flagbearer of the NPP.

The meeting also afforded him the chance to collect information from the chiefs to incorporate into the party manifesto for the general election.

It is his expectation that the people of this nation would not allow themselves to be divided by the up coming General Election, adding that after the results are declared all the contestants and their followers should accept the results for the benefit of peace.

The flagbearer asked the chiefs to lead their communities towards development, because the NPP beliefs in development in unity and harmony.

'The constitution of this nation guarantees everybody to live in harmony and that is what we are going to enforce this year,' he observed

He requested that the cordial relation his father enjoyed from the chiefs and people of the zongo communities be accorded him also. This is the only way, he said, he could become the next President of this country.

Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, a former Minister for Tourism and Diasporan Relations, called the people of Ghana to unite and foster unity for development in the communities, adding that 'Nana would be the next President of this nation by all expectations and development would be the order of the day.

'Let us talk to our children so that they are not deceived by any politician to involve themselves in violence in the country,' the former Minister added.

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