Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Presidential Candidate of the governing New Patriotic Party, is set to begin his first comprehensive campaign tour of the Greater Accra Region today, after a week's break in his campaign activities, meant to enable him travel to the United Kingdom to address the Conservative Party's Conference.
Political analysts are convinced that the Greater Accra Region will play a major role in determining who wins the epic December presidential election.
But, while the NPP flagbearer's popularity continues to soar in the region, the party's parliamentary candidates have not been as vibrant, a straw poll conducted by The Statesman has revealed.
NPP currently holds 16 of the seats in the region to the NDC's 11.
The opposition party has in recent times concentrated on the region, which has the largest number of electoral votes, in order to tilt the balance in their favour, especially in the presidential election.
The NPP is in no mood for an electoral walloping. As part of the national campaign efforts, Presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo will today begin what is expected to be an electrifying tour of the region.
The action spots for today are the Tema West and East, Ashiaman and Kpone Katamanso constituencies where Nana and members of his campaign team are expected to be met by thousands of enthusiastic party faithful, supporters and sympathisers.
The campaign team will pay courtesy calls on some traditional leaders, meet with identifiable groups and address a number of rallies in the constituencies to explain to the people the need to vote in the December elections to retain the NPP in power.
When The Statesman visited the constituencies yesterday, many communities were awash in NPP colours, while some people were engaged in brisk business of selling the party's paraphernalia.
Nana Akufo-Addo's first point of call will be the Sakumono taxi rank, where he will meet and address trotro and taxi drivers, as well as the Muslim community.
He will also visit the Sakumono village and interact with fishermen and market women. A mini rally at Adjeikojo Lorry Park and a visit to the Specialist School for the Deaf and Dumb will round off the Tema West tour.
Some areas to be visited in Tema East include the Tema Fishing Harbour and the Community 1 market. Sources close to the campaign team have told The Statesman.
Mini rallies at Kpone and Mandela Park, Ashaiman, will round off the day's activities. The campaign tour will continue tomorrow with a visit to the Obom-Domeabra constituency, where he will meet and address the people of Nsuobri and Hobor; Trobo-Amasaman where he will address a rally at Mile Seven Park, New Achimota; and the most populous constituency in the country, Weija.
In Weija, the Presidential candidate, who is also the MP for Abuakwa South, is expected to meet a gathering of chiefs, market women and party faithful at Nii Okaiman Abeka market. He will also address residents of Anyaa Fan Milk, Mallam cluster of schools, GICEL Estates, Ngleshie Amanfro, Bortianor and Kokrobite.
The campaign breaks on Friday to enable the Presidential candidate attend the funeral of the late Peter Ala Adjetey, former Speaker of Parliament/National Chairman of the NPP.
When the tour resumes Saturday, Nana Akufo-Addo and his team will visit the Okaikoi South, Ayawaso West Wuogon, Ablekuma North and Ablekuma Central constituencies.
Sunday, the Presidential Candidate will end the first phase of his first comprehensive campaign tour of the Greater Accra Region with visits to the Dome-Kwabenaya and Abokobi-Madina constituencies. A mammoth rally in the Abokobi-Madina constituency will round off the first phase of the regional campaign tour.
Nana Akufo-Addo's campaign tour is expected to consolidate the NPP's support base in the Region, and also provide a further boost for his determination to succeed President Kufuor.
The Greater Accra Regional Secretary of the NPP, Alex Quartey, yesterday told The Statesman that the party's regional campaign team were leaving no stone unturned in their determination to win massively in the Region.
"Our party has done well in government and the electorate who are not prepared to witness the return of the NDC to power appreciate this fact. The policies of our government, such as the National Health Insurance Scheme, Capitation Grant, School Feeding Programme, Free Bussing of school children and others are making dramatic impact in the lives of the people, and I'm convinced the electorate will support us to retain power in the December elections to enable us continue with our good policies,” Mr Quartey told The Statesman.