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05.11.2008 NPP News

NPP set for massive victory The signs are clear

By The Statesman

The opposition National Democratic Congress will be badly disillusioned to think that the electorate will vote to return them to the corridors of political power in the December presidential and parliamentary elections.

This follows the ever increasing support Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Presidential Candidate of the government New Patriotic Party, currently enjoys in the party's traditional strongholds while at the same time winning the hearts of the electorate in areas hitherto considered strongholds of the NDC.

Even though constituencies like Akyem Oda, Akyem Swedru and Ofoase-Ayirebi have been known strongholds of the NPP, the kind of support the party's Presidential Candidate currently enjoys in the constituencies is unprecedented.

This was amply evidenced in the large number of party faithful and sympathisers that met Nana Akufo-Addo and members of his Campaign team when they visited the three constituencies last Monday as part of their on-going campaign tour of the Eastern Region.

The scene at Akyem Oda in particular was more than electrifying as the thousands of enthusiastic party supporters, many of whom were purported defectors from the opposition NDC, lined up the streets of the town to cheer up Nana Akufo-Addo as his convoy moved through the streets.

The situation was not different in the Akyem Swedru and Ofoase-Ayirebi constituencies.

Also at the weekend, Nana Akufo-Addo was treated to a rousing welcome by the electorate in the Afram Plains South and North Constituencies when he took his campaign to the hitherto 'no-go' areas for the NPP.

 Every indication pointed to the fact that the people were determined switch their political allegiance to the ruling party in the December general elections.

With the NPP consolidation its support in the party's strongholds and gaining more grounds in the hitherto NDC strongholds, indications are clear that the governing party is poised for a third successive electoral victory over the NDC.

Addressing a mammoth rally at the Oda Lorry Station, Nana Akufo-Addo expressed his deep-seated appreciation and that of the NPP to the electorate in the constituency for the unflinching support they had given the NPP since 1992.

He was optimistic that with the improved support the party now enjoys in its traditional strongholds, such as the Oda constituency, and the new grounds it continues to break in the hitherto 'no-go' areas, 'we are going to defeat the NDC once again in the December elections.'

The Presidential Candidate called on the party activists to remain solid in their support and intensify their campaign to ensure a convincing victory that would not leave any doubts in the minds of anybody.

He assured the people that with the solid foundation laid by President Kufuor he was set to lead the nation on the path of industrial revolution to speed up the nation's pace of development through creation of jobs and wealth to enhance the socio-economic circumstances of the citizenry.

Nana Akufo-Addo also re-iterated his call on all and sundry to help ensure peaceful and incident-free elections, to

'The entire world is watching us to set a good example of how Africans can hold on to the tenets of true democracy and conduct credible, free and fair elections without any bloodshed,' he stressed.

He pledged his personal commitment and that of the NPP to helping the Electoral Commission to create the environment that would guarantee the credibility of the electoral process, and called on other Presidential Candidates to do the same thing, 'so that at the end of the process when the eventual winner, who of course will be Nana Akufo-Add, the outcome will be accepted by all.'

Nana Akufo-Addo used the occasion to introduce Yaw Owusu-Boateng as the party's Parliamentary Candidate for the constituency.

 With the current 'top form' of the NPP in the area, nothing will prevent Mr Owusu-Boateng from stepping into the shoes of Yaw Osafo-Maafo, the incumbent MP who decided not to seek re-election into the Legislature.

Nana Akufo-Addo addressed a similar rally at Akyem Swedru where he introduced Joseph Ampomah Bosompem as the party's parliamentary candidate for the Akyem Swedru constituency