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05.11.2008 NPP News

NPP Promises Far Fetched — Bagbin

Minority Leader Alban Bagbin, has described the promise by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to make Ghana a first world country as a far fetched dream.

He said the NPP government could not maintain a 25,000 police force, but its flag bearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, is promising to increase the police force to 50,000.

At the launch of the campaign of Captain George Nfojoh (retd), Member of Parliament(MP) for the Ho Central Constituency and parliamentary candidate for the same constituency Mr Bagbin said the NPP was resorting to all means to hold on to power against the true will of Ghanaians.

Announcing that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) would win the December polls by not less than 60 per cent, he said the NPP, "like a drowning person, hangs onto every little straw".

Mr Bagbin described the NPP as a suffocating party, whose membership continued to dwindle day after day and were therefore bent on winning power through foul means.

The gathering drew a huge crowd that had not been witnessed in the regional capital since the last elections.

The NPP, he said, did not want a campaign based on the character of candidates, adding that sterling leadership qualities on the part of those who want to lead the country was a crucial requirement that was worthy of scrutiny by Ghanaians.

According to him, contrary to the campaign of the NPP to disintegrate the NDC, in a bid to destroy it perpetually in 2004, the party went ahead to win an impressive percentage but Ghanaians have now lost faith with the NPP and would vote them out massively in spite of their advantage of incumbency.

Mr Bagbin called on politicians from the NPP to maintain the small respect that they had by telling Ghanaians the truth rather than attempting to throw dust into their eyes.

The MP for Keta, Mr Dan Abodakpi, alledge that oil had been discovered in the Keta Basin, for which the government had signed a secret agreement with a foreign entity, but had kept it out of the scrutiny of Parliament and the Ghanaian public.

He, therefore, called on the government to show true faith to the people of Ghana by making that agreement public for the scrutiny of all Ghanaians.

Story by Victor Kwawukume

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