The determination of Nana Akufo-Addo, Presidential Candidate of the NPP, to ascend the nation's presidency after the exit of President Kufuor yesterday received a major boost when he and members of his Campaign team visited some communities in the Greater Accra Region.
The communities were Nungua, Teshie and La in the Krowor, Ledzokuku and La Dadekotopon constituencies. The crowd that met Nana Akufo-Addo was massive; the jubilation was wild, as the people who lined up the streets danced to brass band music to demonstrate their support for the Presidential Candidate and his party.
All activities in the constituencies were grounded to a virtual standstill as market women, artisans, mechanics, hairdressers and other class of workers abandoned their work to follow Nana Akufo-Addo"s convoy as it moved through the streets of the communities.
A rally held at the Nungua market to introduce the party's parliamentary candidate for the Krowor constituency, Nii Ayikoi Otoo, attracted what was described by many as a record-crowd, confirming the determination of the electorate in the area to support the NPP to retain power in the December general elections.
Similar rallies were held at Manjaanor and in front of the La Court in the Ledzokuku and La Dadekotopon constituencies respectively.
Addressing the rallies, Nana Akufo-Addo recalled the deplorable state of the nation's economy at the time the NPP took over the affairs of the nation from the NDC in 2001.
He urged them to compare that with the current state of the economy to assess which of the two political parties deserve the mandate of the people to rule the nation.
The Presidential Candidate explained to the people that with the solid foundation laid by the Kufuor administration, "the nation is on the brink of unprecedented prosperity and progress with the NPP still in charge of the management of the affairs of the nation.'
He, therefore, cautioned them not to make the mistake of voting to return the opposition NDC to the corridors of power because, in his view, it is only the ruling party that has got the most credible agenda to move the nation's development agenda forward.
'Those who are asking you to return them to power once had the opportunity to rule the nation for close to twenty years, and we were all witnesses to what they did.
What are they coming back to do? They don't have anything new to offer the nation, so don't be swayed by their negative propaganda against us to vote them back into office.' Nana warned the people.
Other leading stalwarts of the party, including Alan Kyerematen, Mike Oquaye, I C Quaye and Yaw Osafo-Maafo, also took turns to address the people, and explained the need for them to vote massively to retain the NPP in power in the December elections.
Alan Kyerematen noted that the nation's development had reached a state where there was the need for a President who could stand on his own feet to take critical decisions to accelerate the pace of development.
' Ghana has achieved a lot under President Kufuor in terms of building a solid foundation upon which our economic take-off can rest.
We therefore need a courageous leader who can take critical decisions to move the nation forward, and I see that leader in Nana Akufo-Addo,' Mr Kyerematen insisted.
In the view of Yaw Osafo-Maafo, the opposition NDC does not have any moral justification in asking for the mandate of the electorate again because, as he put it, 'they abused the people's mandate when they were entrusted with the management of the affairs of the nation for a solid 19 years.'