Kwesi Ndoum seeks 'divine intervention'
The CPP flagbearer for the 2008 election, Paa Kwesi Ndoum, has observed that the numerous problems facing Ghana can only be solved if God blesses the nation with a good and courageous president after the election.
He noted that it is only God Almighty who chooses a good leader to develop a nation and that any country which struggles to manage her own affairs without involving the Creator, struggles in vain.
It was to this end that he admonished all religious sects in the country to constantly pray for God's intervention in the election of a good leader for the country at the end of President Kufuor's tenure of office.
He lamented that after fifty one years of political independence, Ghana, which was on the same pedestal as Malaysia and Korea still faces problems like water shortage, malnutrition and poverty and that it is only a good leader who can help solve these problems.
Dr Ndoum who made these observations at the Star of the Sea Cathedral in Takoradi on Easter Sunday was accompanied by his wife Yvonne and some party executives. As a staunch catholic who believes he possesses all physical and intellectual qualities to govern Ghana, Dr Ndoum urged the church to pray for him so that God uses him as a vessel to bless the nation.
The CPP flagbearer condemned the negative attitude of some politicians and individuals who have resorted to mudslinging in their bid to win the forth-coming election. In his view, such negative practices do not yield any fruitful result because' "it is only God who appoints a leader".
He said as a believer in virtues like respect for others, he would never indulge in politics of mudslinging to secure political power and therefore called on the church to monitor his campaign and call him to order should he at any point act contrary to his catholic upbringing.
In a special Easter message read on his behalf, the bishop-in-charge of the Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese of the Catholic Church, Martin Kweku Darko, who is currently on a visit in Rome, said anyone who preaches violence before, during or after the election should be dismissed as a selfish person who has no love for the nation.
He said such nation wreckers should also be seen as 'outcasts' and rejected by the people since their interest supersedes all other things.
Highlighting on the theme of his Easter message which was ' The cross and empty grave, the hope of all humankind', Bishop Darko urged all Ghanaians irrespective of their ethnic, political or religious background to lead responsible lives befitting Jesus Christ, the saviour of mankind.