Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has called on the zongo communities to vote massively for the party at this year's general elections.
He made the call after introducing himself to Muslims at Nkawkaw Zongo in the Kwahu West District of Eastern Region on Friday.
The NPP flag bearer urged the Zongo communities to consider what the NPP government had done for them and vote for the party. "Do not be deceived by any political party or individuals that the NPP belongs to only the Akans," he cautioned.
He said the party was made up of all categories of people from different ethnic backgrounds, including Muslims, adding that it was only the NPP that had chosen a Muslim as its vice-president since the inception of multi party democracy in 1992.
Nana Akufo-Addo assured the people that his campaign team was made up of matured politicians who would conduct their campaign in a peaceful atmosphere devoid of insults, bitterness, rancour and acrimony, and urged all the political parties to abide by the rules of the game to ensure violent free elections.
He said it was the responsibility of every Ghanaian to ensure that the December general elections were organized in a peaceful and credible manner.
Nana Akufo-Addo observed that Ghana's integrity as one of the most peaceful countries in the sub- region over the last seven years of President Kufuor and the NPP's government should serve as testimony for Ghanaians to retain the government in power.
He said the NPP government had made giant gains in the country's socio-economic and political development, which needed to be continued by him.
Nana Akufo-Addo urged those who had attained 18 years of age to register to enable them to vote for NPP to continue the good work the government had started.
He expressed the hope that the Kwahu area, which is one of the strongholds of the NPP, would continue to maintain its loyalty and unflinching support for the party to remain in power after the December 2008 elections.
Nana Akufo-Addo cautioned NPP supporters to ensure that good candidates were selected to lead them in all the constituencies in the Kwahu area.
The Spokesperson for the Zongo community, Mallam Kamara, appealed to Nana Akufo-Addo to ensure that the difficulties Moslems go through every year when going on pilgrimage to Mecca are resolved when he becomes the next President.
The Regional Chairman of the party, Yaw Gyekye Amoabeng assured the party faithful that the party would retain all the 22 seats, and work hard to win new ones at the December elections.
He urged the party supporters to avoid complacency and work harder to ensure a massive win in both the Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
Nana Akufo-Addo was accompanied on his tour to the Kwahu area by Papa Owusu-Ankomah, former Minister of Education, Science and Sports; Solomon Fordjuor, a leading member of the party; Okerchiri Kwabena Adusah, MP for Nkawkaw; Dr. Osafo Mensah, MP for Mpraeso; Dr Aggrey Ntim, Minister of Communications and Ms Gloria Akuffo, Minister for Aviation. GNA.