The Presidential candidate of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, last Friday made a triumphant entry into his home base, the Eastern region, where he told a milling crowd at the Jackson Park in Koforidua that his party does not need to rig elections in order to beat the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
He stressed that even when the NDC was in power, NPP beat them soundly, to oust them from power.
“The NDC people are our old 'wives'; we have beaten them home and away and therefore it is predictable that we would beat them again at home and beat them well, since we have now done our homework very well and corrected or mistakes,” he said to wild cheers from a record crowd that filled every inch of space at the spacious Jackson Park.
“We will never rig elections to beat the NDC so they must stop spreading cheap propaganda that the NPP is planning to rig the elections. We will face them on a level field and beat them well.”
According to Nana Akufo-Addo, NDC officials were afraid that they would lose the December general elections and lose 'terribly' because of the fact that Ghanaians had now seen the clear difference between them and the NPP.
“That is why they are planning to create 'confusion' in the country.
“The Ghanaian people have completely lost confidence in the NDC and will not be prepared to go back to the days of bad governance,” he noted, stressing that no matter what they did, Ghanaians would not buy their politics of tribalism, deceit, nepotism, intimidation and violence.
He said Ghanaians had seen the tremendous progress the country had made in the last eight years under the NPP and now that the economy had stabilized, it was ready for rapid industrial take-off.
“President Kufuor has laid a good foundation for the country and I am going to build on the foundation and facilitate rapid industrialization of the nation.”
According to Nana Akufo-Addo, education and health would be the other major priorities so that there would be improved human resource and higher expectancy rate for Ghanaians.
“Our party is an embodiment of unity, solidarity, fairness and progress,” he said.
Speaking on the record crowd that met him at Nsawam on his way to Koforidua where a mammoth rally was held, Nana said the reception was a clear indication that in the Eastern Region, the party would convincingly win with a wide margin, and take at least 26 of the 28 seats in the region.
Kwabena Agyei Agyapong, a member of the campaign team told the crowd that former President Rawlings was 'hiding behind' Prof Atta Mills and if Ghanaians made the mistake of voting for Prof Mills as President, Rawlings would come back and rule the country with “iron-fist” and violence, and take the country back to the dark days.
Dan Botwe, NPP parliamentary candidate for Okere in the region, asked all members of the party as well as Ghanaians to turn out in their numbers on December 7 and vote for the NPP to continue with its good works.
From Thomas Fosu Jnr, Koforidua