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24.10.2008 Politics

I don't believe in manifesto

By The Statesman

So far five political parties have launched their manifestoes to contest the December 7 general elections.

But according to the only independent presidential candidate, Kwesi Amoafo-Yeboah, the production of these manifestoes is just like a business opportunity for some people to get contracts to print and sell them to the people in order to make profit.

"The paper absolutely means nothing, I wonder how many people will read those things, it is a waste and they do it for show,' he told this paper.

Mr Amoafo-Yeboah was speaking exclusively to The Statesman after he had addressed the press in Accra yesterday.

He used the media encounter to formally announce his vice presidential candidate, X-Shalom Yaw Gonu, a teacher by profession.

The independent presidential candidate disclosed to this paper that political parties in United States of America and Britain do not produce manifestoes yet they are first world countries saying, 'I don't believe in manifesto.'

Presenting his vision, the independent presidential candidate stated,   'I believe in Ghana and Ghanaians.

 I believe that in spite of what seems to be insurmountable problems in our nation we can come together as one people with a common purpose towards building a prosperous society for all of us at the same time.'

Buttressing his dislike for party politics he went further, 'We rise together in prosperity and we fall together in hardship and failure; the pursuit of an agenda inspired by the ideology or ambition of a few people banded together as political parties cannot be greater than the Ghanaian agenda.'

Mr Amoafo-Yeboah outlined some key areas he would focus on if he is elected as President in the December polls.

Among them is job creation, pursuit of fair trade agreements, improvement in education, investing in quality healthcare, agriculture, housing and also intensifying investment in rural infrastructure.

He promised to provide free education through the Senior High School level to fight poverty.

On a fair trade system, the independent presidential candidate stated, 'I will engage the very best minds to look for ways to ensure the survival of our local industries and safeguard our economy from the wrath of cheap foreign imports that threaten to kill our local industries and put our people out of work.'

Speaking on the last position on the ballot paper of the presidential hopefuls, Mr Amoafo-Yeboah pointed out that the 'asie ho" slogan had been marketed before and it was therefore a desirable position to occupy but added that the position on the ballot alone cannot win an election.

He is expected to occupy the 8th position on the ballot paper of the December 7 presidential poll.