Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, has asked the electorate to ignore the falsehoods being peddled by the opposition National Democratic Congress, as part of the party's grand scheme to paint the NPP black, and to further create the erroneous impression that the economic situation in the country was better under the party's (NDC's) administration.
According to Nana Akufo-Addo, even though the (P)NDC had the opportunity to rule the nation for 19 years, it did not utilise its mandate to the benefit of the citizenry, stressing that if the Rawlings-led regime had prudently managed the affairs of the nation, "we would have gone far on our development agenda.'
He was addressing a durbar of the chiefs and people of Jei-Krodua in the Obom-Domeabra constituency on the second day of his first comprehensive campaign tour of the Greater Accra Region.
Nana Akufo-Addo was accompanied on the tour by Yaw Osafo-Maafo, Alan Kyerematen, Mike Oquaye, all former presidential aspirants, Nana Obiri-Boahen, Minister of State at the Interior Ministry, Vicky Bright, Minister of State at the Office of the President and other high ranking party officials.
Nana Akufo-Addo described as complete falsehood a claim by the opposition NDC that the NPP is an Ashanti party, explaining that 'the governing party is a national party made up of people who believe in true democracy and development in. freedom'
He debunked claims by the NDC that the NPP government had created hardships for the people because it did not care for their well-being, and stressed, 'They now claim they rather care for you even though they could not demonstrate that when they had the opportunity to rule the nation for 19 years.'
Nana Akufo-Addo asked the people to make a critical comparative analysis of the NPP's records in government as against those of the NDC and judge for themselves which of the two parties had demonstrated genuine care for the citizenry.
'Within the seven-and-a- half years of our administration, we have demonstrated with our humane and people-centred policies that we have the interest and welfare of the people at heart. That is why you don't have to allow yourselves to be deceived into believing the lies being peddled by the opposition to create the false impression that we don't care for you,' he stated.
Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, a leading member of the Campaign team, cautioned the electorate not to make the mistake of voting into office a President who would not be able to stand on his own feet and take critical decisions to move the nation's development agenda forward.
He described Nana Akufo-Addo as a seasoned, tried and tested politician who has acquired enough experience in his 30 years of playing active, frontline role in the nation's politics.
'Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is the man of the moment who has what it takes to build upon the solid foundation laid by President Kufuor, and that is the reason why you all have to support him to become the next President of our nation.' Mr Kyerematen posited.
Nana Akufo-Addo and members of the Campaign team also addressed a durbar of the chiefs and people of Hobor, also in the Obom-Domeabra constituency, before taking their campaign to the Trobu-Amasaman constituency where he was met by thousands of enthusiastic party supporters and sympathisers.
They addressed a massive rally there as well as Mile 7, New Achimota and Tobo-Amasaman.
Nana also addressed a massive rally at Odorkor in the Ablekuma North constituency.