Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, flagbearer of the governing New Patriotic Party says Ghana under the NPP has moved beyond the days of authoritarian rule where the rights of the people are abused with impunity, but would swiftly make a u-turn for the worse if the mandate of governance is given to the opposition National Democratic Congress.
Addressing teeming and enthusiastic members of the Takoradi Polytechnic Chapter of the Tertiary Education Students Confederacy of the NPP in Takoradi on Wednesday as part of his campaign tour of the Western Region, Nana Akufo-Addo urged the NDC to mount a campaign of issues and facts rather than rhetoric.
He said after almost twenty years of mismanaging the affairs of the nation, the P/NDC has nothing new to offer the people and that the party's claim of a 'New NDC' is a mere political gimmick to throw dust into the eyes of the people.
The NDC, he said, is just pouring old wine which the people rejected in the year 2000 into a new bottle.
According to Nana Akufo-Addo, the umbrella party remains the same old NDC and that no amount of spices put in the old wine would make it tastier and subsequently change the people's negative perception about the party.
The NPP flagbearer noted that what Ghanaians need is a completely new, better and progressive Ghana built on the foundation laid by President Kufuor, where the citizenry would develop their potentials in freedom.
The new Ghana, he said, would be created by his government.
Nana therefore charged the youth who are the future leaders of the country to fully prepare themselves for what he called "exciting times ahead," adding that the discovery of oil along the shores of the Western Region should serve as another incentive for the younger generation to educate themselves.
The Campaign Director of the Akufo-Addo for President 08' team, Kofi Konadu Apraku, noted that Ghanaians are today not only looking for a better deal but also a President capable of managing the nation's resources well. Dr Apraku said the NDC can never be a credible alternative to the NPP and therefore urged the people to rally behind the NPP which represents the hope and future of the country.
Another member of the campaign team, Yaw Osafo Marfo, also described this year's election as a 'special one' since it is going to be based on a frank assessment of the performance of the country's two major political parties.
The national chairman of the party, Peter Mac Manu, as well as other members of the campaign team like Paapa Owusu-Ankomah, Boakye Kyeremanteng Agyarko, Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Dan Botwe, Christine Churcher and Alan Kyerematen addressed the TESCON members at the fully packaged ultra-modern Polytechnic auditorium built by the ruling NPP.