The flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has expressed his appreciation to the people of East Akyem, the Akuapem North and South districts for their continued support for the party over the years.
He said such support from the three districts which made it possible for the party to win the 2000 and 2004 elections to provide social amenities and other poverty alleviation programmes for the people should again be accorded the NPP to win the December 7 elections to enable it to complete its development agenda.
Nana Akufo-Addo was speaking at two mammoth rallies in Akropong, hometown of his father, and Kyebi, his maternal home.
Nana Akufo-Addo who also visited several towns and villages in the three districts introduced the party's parliamentary candidates, Messrs Dan Botwe, Okere, William Boafo, Akropong, O. B. Amoah, Aburi-Nsawam and Atta Akyia, Abuakwa South, to the people.
He also paid courtesy calls on the Okuapehene, Oseadeoyo Addo-Dankwa III, Aburihene Otobuor Gyan Kwasi and the Okyehene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, and other traditional leaders.
The NPP flag bearer who was on the last leg of a campaign tour of the Eastern Region was accompanied by Messrs Boakye Agyarko, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, Hackman Owusu Agyeman, the Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Kwadwo Afram Asiedu and other executive members of the party.
According to Nana Akufo-Addo, the tremendous support by the people in the three districts had enabled the Kufuor Administration to resuscitate the economy which was almost shattered by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Administration, and that such support should again be accorded the NPP to win the elections.
Nana Akufo-Addo stated that it would be suicidal for the NDC to come back to power since they could not do anything beneficial for Ghana.
He added that it was only the NPP which was capable of improving the lot of the people.
Nana Akufo-Addo who stated that a lot had been achieved in the past eight years and that the oil find would accelerate the economy, added that everything had been done to exploit the bauxite deposits in the Abuakwa area to provide jobs for the youth and also transform Kyebi, the capital of East Akyem.
“You have over the years supported us to win the previous two elections and we are appealing to you again to support us to win this year's elections so that I take over from President Kufuor to continue with his good works” Nana Akufo-Addo said.
At Kyebi, Nana Akufo-Addo paid tribute to the founding fathers of the Danquah-Busia tradition, most of who had been laid to rest in the town, and said he decided to be in politics to play his part in fulfilling the dreams of the tradition.
Messrs Osafo-Maafo, Boakye Agyarko and Hackman Owusu Agyeman took turns to canvass for votes for the NPP with Osafo-Maafo giving a vivid explanation of the economy, which according to him had improved tremendously under the NPP.
Story by A. Kofoya-Tetteh