The General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Ohene-Ntow, has thanked the people of the Volta Region for the greater goodwill they have increasingly been according the party in the region.
He said this when a Ho-based private medical practitioner, Dr Archibald Letsa, was elected the party's parliamentary aspirant for the Ho-Central Constituency.
This was at an extraordinary delegates conference to choose a new parliamentary aspirant following the stepping down of an earlier aspirant, Mr Walter Glalah, for personal reasons.
The massive ovation at the conference gave so much hope to the General Secretary that he thanked the constituents for their great show of support.
He said at the beginning of the democratic dispensation in 1992, stones were hurled at the NPP followed by booing and indifference.
He said he was happy that the people of the Volta Region were openly identifying with the party through the wearing of party T-shirts and other paraphernalia, adding that a new epoch had emerged in the region.
He attributed all these past maladies to the negative propaganda peddled against the party in the region by its opponents but said gradually and eventually the truth had manifested through the dispassionate execution of development projects in the region.
Nana Ohene–Ntow said the NPP was committed to the peace of the country before, during and after the election on December 7 and charged the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and other opposition parties to publicly announce their commitment to this cause.
In an acceptance speech, Dr Letsa said history had been made in the constituency and the region and predicted that the headlines in some newspapers on December 8, next year, would be, for instance, “Ho –Central falls to NPP” in the Daily Graphic, and “The World Bank is broken” in the Ghanaian Times and “World Bank now Rural Bank” in the Chronicle.
He said the record of achievements of the NPP in the execution of development projects should be the motivational factor for them to vote for him and the party and that they should not allow themselves to be deceived again.
Earlier in an address, the Volta Regional Chairman, Mr Ken-Wuud Nuworsu, said the Ho-Central Constituency formed the nucleus of the region and with the election of the new candidate, it was a testimony that the race had begun to break the jinx of domination by the NDC.
He congratulated Mr Glalah on his decision and also thanked the polling station chairmen for their support, adding that the conference was an eruption for an intensive campaign for the NPP to win more parliamentary seats in the next elections.
Story by Tim Dzamboe