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27.11.2008 Elections

Nduom has the magic wand, vote for him –Yvonne Nduom

By Bismark Bebli - Ghanaian Chronicle

THE WIFE of Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom, presidential candidate of the Convention People's Party (CPP), Mrs. Yvonne Nduom, has urged Ghanaians to entrust the nation's destiny into the hands of her husband, to make life bearable for everybody.

She said the party, when voted into power, would initiate pragmatic measures to also improve life for head porters, popularly known as “Kayayes” in the country.

“Those who are of school going age would be encouraged to go to school while the others would be given skills training to enable them to gain employment.”

Mrs. Nduom said this when she toured the Makola and Agbogbloshie Markets in Accra last Friday. The interaction engaged by the CPP flagbearer's wife formed part of her outreach programme, to woo people to join the CPP and vote for the party in the December elections.

Mrs. Nduom stressed that her husband's administration would ensure that markets in the country were properly maintained and kept clean, while the process of accessing micro credit would be made simple, to enable more women obtain loans on time for their businesses, irrespective of their political affiliations.

Mrs. Nduom said if Ghanaians voted the CPP into power they would not regret, because, as she put it, "its programmes and policies will improve the living standard of the ordinary citizens."

A number of women, who spoke during the tour, told Mrs. Nduom that they would like the CPP government to provide text and exercise books for their children in school, while parents would in turn pay the amount the government currently spends as the capitation grant.

According to the women, their suggestion was based on the fact that prices of text and exercise books were increasing by the day, and parents were finding it difficult to provide these items for their wards.

In a related development, Mrs. Nduom described her husband's performance at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) debate, as a foretaste of what Ghanaians should expect when the CPP was elected into power in the December elections.

She said the practical ways in which Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom explained how he would run the government, showed that he was capable of turning around the country's fortunes.

In an interaction with the press on her husband's performance at the recent IEA debate, she said, “perseverance helps a lot, and that Papa Nduom's performance is an indication of better things to come.”

According to her, her husband placed serious attention on the encounter, and prepared feverishly towards it, hence that excellent performance.

“I am happy Ghanaians are the judges. Really, my husband showed a good understanding of the issues, and answered them well too,” she said.

She believed the performance would be translated into votes, stressing that “since the encounter we have been receiving congratulatory messages from a lot of Ghanaians who also pledged their support for the party.”

Mrs. Nduom said the party would, however, not be complacent about the performance, but would work tirelessly at mobilising the public to wrestle power from the New Patriotic Party (NPP). She expressed dissatisfaction over abuse of government's incumbency, and called for a level playing field for all the political parties.

“I must mention here that the problem is an African one. What happens on our continent could hardly be witnessed in advanced countries,” she said.

Citing the elections in the US, Mrs. Nduom said, “you would never see Congressmen leaving their jobs to follow their presidential candidates, neither would you see mayors, but this is what we do here.”