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21.10.2008 NDC News

NDC can't handle economy - Observes Bwawumia

By The Statesman

Mahamudu Bawumia, the running mate of the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party for the 2008 election, has emphasised that Ghana could not trust the opposition National Democratic Congress as being capable of handling the country's economy.

He said with the prospect of increased national revenue from the oil find, it would be economically unwise to vote the NDC into power, saying that "the NDC are bad economic managers.'

Dr Bawumia made these assertions when he met the chiefs and people of Dompin in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Constituency of the Western Region yesterday as part of activities lined up for his campaign tour of the region.

Speaking to the large crowd that trooped to the durbar grounds to welcome him, he said the NDC were given their chance as sole managers of the economy for a long period of time but 'because of their bad economic policies they left the economy in shambles' when they finally left office.

According to him, the NDC cannot, and will not be able to maintain the stability which the NPP government has been able to achieve as far as the economy is concerned.

He said evidence available indicated that the NPP could perform better than the NDC in every thing. 'Let"s compare the records and see; every body, including those home and abroad, know that once you leave the country's economy in the hands of the NPP, you can go home and sleep soundly because you know it's in safe hands.'

He therefore, urged the people to vote massively for the NPP in the December polls to ensure the continuation by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo's government of the good and pragmatic programmes that were started by the Kufuor administration.

Dr Bawumia advised the youth to be law abiding and not use violence in their quest for power and other worldly things.

The NPP Vice Presidential candidate noted that since it's an election and for that matter, being a competition, there were bound to be winners and losers.