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25.11.2008 Elections

Ghanaians Won't Give Mandate To Non-performing Party

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Thousands of New Patriotic Party (NPP) supporters in the Northern Region at the weekend descended on the Tamale Police Park in droves where they were addressed by the party's presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who declared ''Ghanaians are now wide awake and will no more give their mandate to a non-performing party”.

Describing the massive turnout by the enthusiastic crowd as ''incredible,'' he said the response by the people was ample manifestation that they were yearning to move forward in their quest for accelerated development.

''Ghanaians are now wide awake and will no more give their mandate to incompetent, ineffective, unproductive and a non-performing party such as the National Democratic Congress,'' Nana Akufo-Addo intimated, adding that the NDC was only motivated by envy and hatred in its campaigns.

He explained that he was not goaded into politics for personal gains or for the reason of acquiring wealth, as he was an accomplished lawyer, but to help contribute towards the overall development of the nation, stressing, ''I did not come into politics because I was hungry.''

According to the presidential hopeful, there was nothing much for the PNDC/NDC to show in their 19 years of governance of the country, and urged the electorate not to entrust the destiny of the nation to the NDC again since they had abused that trust over the years.

He accused the NDC of now resorting to intimidation and violence after the party's unsuccessful campaigns of lies and vilifications and that the NPP was a more peaceful and law abiding party.

Nana Akufo-Addo pledged to unite and reconcile the nation when given the mandate, and acknowledged that even though the country was made up of various ethnic and tribal groups they could be brought together for the common good of the nation.

He chastised ''the apostles of doom'' who he said were engaged in preaching tribal politics.

He further explained that it was partly because of his quest to unite the nation that he chose a competent running mate from the north to partner him to win the general election.

Under his presidency, he said he would strive to bridge the gap between the north and the south through innovative policies, emphasising that, ''my presidency is going to be dedicated to realising this dream of creating prosperity in freedom countrywide.''

Nana Akufo-Addo mentioned the Northern Development Authority Fund under which one billion dollars seed capital would be invested to accelerate the development of the north.

He said the creation of economic opportunities and jobs for the youth were some of the programmes his government would embark upon.

He also promised to build on the achievements of the Kufuor administration, which he said had the track record of accomplishments, and mentioned the National Health Insurance Scheme and free maternal health care for pregnant women as some of the initiatives he would build on when offered the mandate.

Nana Akufo-Addo called for peaceful and transparent elections because without harmony, the party's vision and agenda for the nation would not be realised. ''Let us show to the world that Black people are capable of producing fair and free elections without violence.''

In attendance was the Vice-Presidential candidate of the NPP, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia. Others included national and regional executive members of the party who all spoke on the need for the electorate to vote massively for the NPP in the coming polls.

Some parliamentary aspirants of the party in the Northern Region were also introduced to the ecstatic crowd. The Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Mustapha Ali Idris, asked the supporters to ensure that they came out early to vote for the party.

Relatedly, from Bolgatanga, Benjamin Xornam Glover, reports that Nana Akufo-Addo has called on Ghanaians, not to hand over the administration of Ghana to persons who over the years have proven to be incompetent, non performing, inefficient and unproductive.

Addressing a mammoth rally in Bolgatanga, the Upper East Regional Capital, last Friday to round off his two day tour of his campaign which is in its final lap, Nana Akufo Addo said if the NPP had the period of both the PNDC and the NDC in government, Ghana would have been transformed into a nation of prosperity.

Story By Zakaria Alhassan, Tamale


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