The National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential candidate, Professor John Evans Atta Mills has asked for prayers from all Ghanaians, especially NDC faithful, for the jailed former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Tsatsu Tsikata who is battling with an asthmatic wheeze.
He agreed with the 'Free Tsatsu Campaign' that the jailed former GNPC boss was not guilty and did not deserve to be in prison.
Prof Mills made the appeal at the Navrongo Campus of the University for Development Studies (UDS) where he met members of the Tertiary Educational Institutions Network (TEIN) and other NDC faithful around the campus.
According to the Law professor, Mr. Tsikata's trial and subsequent incarceration was one of the many incidents of 'selective justice' by the NPP to get at its opponents at all cost.
“Today, we are all rejoicing of the oil found in our country; one man who played an important role in getting us this far is the jailed former GNPC boss, Tsatsu Tsikata. He has been trying to prove his innocence and yet seem not to be heard. This is just an example of the injustice we've been talking about.”
Professor Atta Mills assured the students and Ghanaians in general that should he become the next President, he would give quality attention to the development of the university, to serve the nation's development purposes.
He also promised to review the use of the GETFund to meet the real intention for which it was established, adding that the SSNIT loan would also be looked at very carefully to ensure that tertiary students get realistic loans that meet the cost of reading their various courses.
The meeting was held under some trees, a situation which prompted Prof Mills to ask the reason for such an arrangement, and he was told that the institution has no auditorium.
“This is one of the examples of neglect of some important projects started by the NDC we have been talking about. The UDS is a problem-solving university which should be given adequate attention. The Tamale Teaching Hospital is not able to offer the clinical training for the UDS medical school and yet the government has not shown any serious attention to the problem.
A portion of the money used to build the Golden Jubilee House could have been channeled into these two areas and others, to better the lives of Ghanaians,” the NDC presidential candidate remarked.
The NDC team had earlier called on the Paga Pio, Charles Awampaga II at his palace where the flagbearer stated that under an NDC government, the area would get its fair share of the national cake.
He urged the people of the area not to vote in a 'skirt and blouse' pattern, but they should vote for both the NDC presidential candidate and the party's parliamentary candidate for the area to ensure sound development.
The Paga Pio wished the NDC well in its venture to capture power.
He however cautioned against campaign of insults, falsehood and personality attacks, adding that such an attitude could plunge the nation into chaos.
From Ebo Bruce-Quansah, Navrongo