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19.11.2008 Elections

NPP victory beckons

By The Statesman

Developments across the country point to the fact that the ruling NPP is once again poised to triumph over the opposition NDC as well as the other parties in the December presidential and parliamentary elections.

This follows the overwhelming endorsement of the candidature of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Presidential Candidate of the NPP, by majority of Ghanaians from all walks of life, as well as the satisfaction of the electorate with the programmes and policies of the government that had impacted positively on the lives of the people.

This was given ample evidence Sunday when the party held its Greater Accra Regional rally at the Mandela Park in the Ashaiman constituency, where the party's parliamentary candidates for the Region were introduced.

The rally attracted several thousands of party supporters and sympathisers described by many as unprecedented in the area in recent times. Present were President Kufuor, Vice President Aliu Mahama, Nana Akufo-Addo and his running mate, Mahamudu Bawumia.

Also in attendance were some popular musicians, including Daddy Lumba, K K Fosu, A-Plus, Kofi B, Kwabena Kwabena, Wutah and Tinny who entertained the gathering with some of the popular songs, and also urged the electorate to vote for Nana Akufo-Addo in the up-coming elections.

Addressing the gathering both President Kufuor and his obvious successor were optimistic that the NPP set to retain power in the December presidential and parliamentary elections.

President Kufuor noted that a lot had been achieved by the nation within the last seven and half years that the NPP had managed the affairs of the nation.

He cautioned the electorate not to make the mistake of voting to return the NDC to power, but vote massively for Nana Akufo-Addo to enable him build on the enviable legacy he is leaving behind.

The President urged the electorate to carefully scrutinise the various presidential candidates who are seeking their mandate and entrust their destiny into the hands of the one who can best secure their future.

President Kufuor expressed confidence in the ability of Nana Akufo-Addo and the team of competent men and women at his disposal to deliver the goods, and lead the nation to achieve greater heights in her development agenda.

He urged the people to cast their minds back to the dark days in the nation"s history where innocent citizens suffered unjustifiable abuses in the hands of leaders who did not believe in the rule of law and also did not respect the liberties of individuals.

Against that premise, he advised the electorate to retain the NPP in power to ensure the continued protection of individual freedoms and liberties in the country.

Nana Akufo-Addo assured the people that he was better placed to build on the solid foundation built by President Kufuor, promising prudent management of the nation's resources for the benefit of all, against the background that he was not seeking to rule the nation to enrich himself.

The NPP Presidential Candidate noted that the nation stood on the brink of unprecedented development, with the NPP still in charge of the management of the affairs of the nation.

He pledged his personal commitment and that of the NPP to ensuring absolute peace before, during and after the elections, and called on the leadership of the other political parties to do the same thing.

 "Ghana is the hope of the whole of Africa. Let's prove to the entire world that our democracy has come of age but avoiding any practice that could disturb the smooth and peaceful conduct of the elections,' the Presidential Candidate stressed.

Mahamudu Bawumia, running mate of Nana Akufo-Addo, recalled the unsatisfactory state of the national economy left behind by the NDC government, compared it with the current state under the NPP government and urged the electorate to use that as the basis to vote massively to retain the NPP in the up-coming elections.

He assured the gathering that the NPP has got the most competent team to move the nation's economy to the level where more jobs and wealth would be created to enhance the socio-economic circumstances of the citizenry.

Other party gurus, including Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, Nana Ohene Ntow, I C Quaye and Sammy Crabbe also took turns to address the gathering and stressed the need for the electorate to retain the NPP in power to ensure uninterrupted prosecution of the nation's development agenda.