RESIDENTS of Kadjebi, Jasikan and surrounding villages in the Volta Region went gay when John Dramani Mahama, running mate of Prof. Evans Atta Mills, National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer rode into town to propagate his party's agenda for the December 7, 2008 general elections.
The unprecedented interest shown by the people as they attended separate rallies in Kadjebi and Jasikan in their numbers clad in NDC T'shirts convinced the running mate, Messrs. Dan Abodakpi, Member of Parliament (MP) for Keta, Elvis Afriyei-Ankrah, and other big-wigs of the Volta Regional branch of the party, that the party was on cause to annex the presidential and parliamentary seats in the region.
Mr. Mahama, flying high and doing the on the 'Yere sesemu' sign thanked the people for their unflinching support for the party over the years.
He reminded the electorate of the importance of the forthcoming elections and said the time had come for Ghanaians to reject the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and bring back the NDC to continue the development agenda for the Volta region and the nation as a whole.
Mr. Mahama alleged that some NPP officials were going round the region to collect the voter cards from the owners under the pretext of giving them loans.
He described the alleged behaviour as criminal but stressed and cautioned the members not to give out their voter ID cards to such unscrupulous people.
On development in the region, the running mate insisted that most of the road networks started by the NDC had not been completed by the NPP administration.
He said the NDC was destined to come back to power and that it would embark on a massive development in the region to make life easy.
Mr. Mahama condemned the NPP government and Nana Akufo-Addo, the flagbearer for saying that it would transform Ghana into a first class country when all they have been able to do is worsen the plight of the ordinary Ghanaian
He insinuated that the NPP government could not even manage traffic lights and the overwhelmed refuse problems in the country not to talk of making Ghana a first class country.
Mr. Mahama assured the people that Prof. Mills' government would tackle such problems and improve upon the poor infrastructural development of the country.
He reminded politicians that the power they wield was given to them by God through the electorate and that most at times, some politicians become arrogant as soon as they are voted into power.
“They forget that it is God who gives power and it's He alone who can take it away from you. They should remember that the people you meet on your way up will be the same people you meet on your way down,” he stressed.
He addressed issues of the Capitation Grant, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), School Feeding programme, job creation under the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP).
Mr. Mahama indicated that an NDC government would scrape such laudable programmes but would strengthen areas that have gone wrong.
He mentioned that the NHIS would be made universal where Ghanaians could access healthcare anywhere in the country irrespective of where they live.
Mr. Mahama urged Ghanaians to vote for the NDC as the best party to take Ghana into a middle level income country.
He urged the people to vote wisely to avoid the situation of having their votes rejected.
Mr. Mahama said in the last general elections about two percent of votes cast were rejected and that did not augur well for the country.
Also on stage to add 'spice' to the rally was Mr. Abodakpi, who rendered a series of songs and was spontaneously joined by the crowd.
Earlier Mr. Afriyie-Ankrah told the people that the NDC had the track records to show for its stewardship and that the party was no stranger to Ghanaians.
Mr. Mahama later introduced Messrs. Joseph Kwadwo Ofori aka Wofa Paye and Henry Kamal as MPs for Akan and Buem constituencies respectively.
From Wisdom Peter Awuku, Kadjebi