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17.11.2008 Elections

Nana cautions Ghanaians -Against NDC's return

By The Statesman

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, at the weekend urged the electorate to renew the mandate of the ruling government in the December presidential and parliamentary elections to ensure progressive continuity in the development agenda of the nation.

He noted that only the NPP had got the most credible plan to propel the nation's socio-economic development to a level that will bring progress and prosperity to the masses, adding "we have demonstrated that over the last seven and half years that we have been in charge of the management of the nation.'

The Presidential Candidate cautioned the electorate not to make the mistake of voting to return the destiny of the nation into the hands of the opposition National Democratic Congress because, in his view, the return of Rawlings" party to the corridors of power would not be in the interest of the nation.

'For the past seven and half years, we have done enough to justify the need for you to renew our mandate to continue managing the affairs of the nation. You all saw what the (P) NDC did when they had the opportunity to rule the nation for 19 years.

You need to be careful not to return the destiny of the nation into the hands of incompetent, unproductive and non-performing people,' he stressed.

Nana Akufo-Addo was addressing a rally at the border town of Elubo and Tikobo No.1, both in the Jomoro constituency, as part of the final phase of his campaign tour of the Western Region.

He received a rousing welcome in the hitherto stronghold of the opposition NDC and a 'no-go' area for the NPP.

The Presidential Candidate also visited the Effia-Kwesimintim and Ellembelle constituencies where he was met by thousands of people who expressed their determination to vote massively for him in the December 7 election, to enable him succeed President Kufuor as the next President.

At Essiama in the Ellembelle constituency, where Nana Akufo-Addo addressed a mammoth rally, the NPP Presidential Candidate introduced Freddy Blay, the CPP MP for the area, as the candidate the party was supporting to win the parliamentary election.

He described the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, who was visibly seen performing the 'Kangaroo', dance as 'a correct person' for the constituency, and one of the 'like-minded persons' who fought for the human rights of the citizenry during the dark days in the nation's history where people's freedom were trampled upon with gross impunity.

The NPP Presidential Candidate told the excited gathering, made up of both NPP and CPP members, that the NPP's support for Mr Blay was not just for the sake of winning the elections, but was premised on the fact that the CPP MP shares the values of espoused by the ruling party.

Earlier on Friday, Nana Akufo-Addo had received a rousing reception in the Takoradi, Sekondi, Essikado-Ketan and Shama constituencies when he took his campaign to areas considered strongholds of the ruling party.

The National Chairman of the NPP, Peter Mac Manu, noted that even though developments across the country pointed to the fact the ruling party was poised for victory in the up-coming elections, 'we will never be complacent at any point of the electoral process.'

He disclosed that the party was training 50,000 polling agents to monitor the polls, adding that even though the NPP was committed to observing all the rules governing the conduct of the elections, 'we won't be intimidated by the threats being issued by the NDC.'

Others who accompanied Nana Akufo-Addo on the tour included Yaw Osafo-Maafo and Boakye Agyarko, both former presidential aspirants; Anthony Evans Amoah, Western Regional Minister, Papa Owusu Ankomah, MP for Sekondi, Nana Owusu Ankomah, Western Regional Chairman of the NPP and Mawusi Awitey, a member of the national campaign team.

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