The flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says that the party has no intention of driving away Krobo settler farmers in Akyem Abuakwa or any of the Akan-speaking areas.
He has, therefore, appealed to Krobos to throw their weight behind the NPP to enable it win the December polls and continue with its development programme, particularly in the Krobo areas.
Nana Akufo-Addo made the pledge when he addressed a large gathering of NPP supporters at Somanya and Asesewa, capitals of the Yilo Krobo and Upper Manya Krobo districts respectively, as well as Nkurakan and Oterkporlu, all in the Eastern Region on October 25.
The NPP presidential candidate, who was on the second day of a campaign tour of the region, was accompanied by Messrs Kwabena Agyepong, Felix Owusu Agyepong, Boakye Agyarko, Yaw Osafo-Maafo and Professor Mike Oquaye who competed with him for the party's presidential slot; the Eastern Regional Chairman of the party, Mr Yaw Gyekye Amoabeng, as well as other senior party executives.
He also used the occasion to introduce Sub Lt. Christian Kofi Tettey (retd) and Mr Gustav Narh-Dometey, the party's parliamentary candidates for Yilo Krobo and Upper Manya constituencies respectively and appealed to the electorate to support them to win the constituency seats, which had never been occupied by the NPP.
According to Nana Akufo-Addo, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) had for some time been peddling the lies that the NPP would drive away Krobo settler farmers on Akyem Abuakwa lands or in any Akan-speaking areas and as a result, the Krobos had always supported the NDC.
Nana Akufo-Addo who said the NPP was not tribalistic and that Ghanaians were one people with a common destiny, explained that the party had never on any occasion planned to drive away Krobos and, therefore, appealed to them as well other Dangbe-speaking people to throw in their weight behind the NPP to enable it continue with its development programme, particularly in their areas.
“I am an Akyem from Kyebi and Akyems have for generations been living with Krobos who had not been driven out or had their farms taken away from them, so do not let the NDC deceive you”, Nana Akufo-Addo told the gatherings, to a thunderous applause.
He said although Krobos had supported the NDC over the years, that party had not been able to cater for their infrastructural and other needs and that it was rather the NPP that had provided a number of social amenities in their areas.
He also said more of such facilities such as roads, school buildings and electricity would be provided if the NPP retained power.
The NPP flag bearer also told the people that education at the senior high school level would be free if the NPP was retained.
Nana Akufo-Addo again gave the assurance that the NPP would look for investors to establish a processing plant for mangoes as well as provide silos for the storage of perishable food crops in the area.
For his part, Mr Osafo-Maafo said NDC's mal-administration nearly collapsed the economy which was revived by the NPP and that it would be suicidal for Ghanaians to vote the NDC back into office.
“You just compare the NDC's 19 years rule when it could not do anything for the people and the NPP's eight years where a lot of social amenities and poverty alleviation packages have been instituted and decide which party deserves to rule the country,” Mr Osafo-Maafo stated.
Story by A. Kofoya-Tetteh.