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11.11.2008 Politics

DFP In Coma• In Brong Ahafo

By Daily Guide

THE DEMOCRATIC Freedom Party (DFP) is in trouble, as some key members of the party in the Brong Ahafo region have deserted the party to join forces with the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Through the initiative of Madam Frances Ewurabena Essiam, a former deputy national chairman of the DFP, almost all the regional executives, except the regional chairman, Mr. Antoh and a few others, were at the GNAT Hall in Sunyani where Madam Essiam met with some floating voters from the northern sector.

The meeting was to find ways and means of wooing first time voters to vote for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the NPP presidential candidate.

Some leading members of the DFP who gave solidarity messages were Mr. Peter Amo, Brong Ahafo Regional vice chairman of the party, who said he quit his position in the DFP about five months ago.

Mr. Amo is now campaigning for Nana Akufo-Addo, saying he could change the fortunes of the country.

Mr. Amo, who defected from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) alongside Dr. Obed Asamoah to form the DFP, said the NDC does not deserve to come back to power and for that matter the youth should vote massively for the NPP presidential candidate.

Another leading member of the DFP who is also in the camp of the NPP now is the regional organizer, Mr. Isaac Adjei. Addressing the floating voters, Mr. Adjei reminded them of the need for peace in the forthcoming elections.

He called on the youth particularly from the tertiary institutions and teacher training colleges to vote for the NPP parliamentary candidates and Nana Akufo-Addo to move the country forward.

In her address, Madam Frances Essiam, National Convener of Campaign for Effective Leadership (CEL) pointed out that the members of her group were not card-bearing members of the NPP, but the message of Nana Akufo-Addo had prompted them to campaign for him.

According to her, Nana's messages such as the promise of free 2nd cycle education, his promise to continue the  NHIS, NYEP, capitation grant, school feeding programme and other relevant programmes introduced by President Kufuor had convinced her and other members of the DFP  to stand up and campaign for floating voters to vote for Nana.

In her view Nana was someone who could unify the nation adding, “If such a person goes for the presidency, it is better to help him win it”.

She described Nana Akufo-Addo as a beacon of hope for Ghana, saying this is the time every Ghanaian has to realise this and vote for him.

Later in an interview Madam Essiam expressed happiness about the fact that the DAILY GUIDE had described her as e-zwich, adding that the e-zwich introduced by the Bank of Ghana can operate in all corners of the country “so describing me as an e-zwich is in the right direction since I can go to all corners to mobilise first time voters to vote for Nana Akufo-Addo”.

She debunked an allegation that someone was sponsoring her group, saying she was a woman of substance capable of financing the group herself.

From Simmons Yussif Kewura, Sunyani