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22.12.2008 Elections

No time for blame game -Nana tells NPP supporters

By The Statesman
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The Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, at the weekend urged all party activists to avoid trading accusations, and concentrate on their campaign activities to ensure a resounding victory for the party in the December 28 run-off presidential election

He noted that even though some acts of commissions and omissions on the part of some party activists who had some crucial roles to play in respect of the conduct of the December 7 elections had been brought to the fore, it was important that the party concentrated on the presidential run-off and deal with those issues afterwards.

"Let's put the past behind us, remain focused and united, and harness all efforts to ensure that we win the run-off to continue with our development agenda for the nation.

A lot of things happened in the December 7 elections, but this is not the time for blame game. Let"s win the elections and later deal with those issues,' he stated.

Nana Akufo-Addo was speaking in an interview on BIYAC FM, an Akyem-Oda based radio station, as part of activities marking his campaign visit to the Eastern Region. 

The Presidential Candidate had earlier visited Nkawkaw where he addressed stakeholders' meeting attended by polling station and constituency executives from the five constituencies in the Kwahu area.

They are Abetifi, Mpraeso, Nkawkaw as well as Afram Plains North and South constituencies.

The meeting was preceded by a radio interview on Obuoba FM, a station based at Nkawkaw.

From Nkawkaw, Nana Akufo-Addo and his team, which included Yaw Osafo-Maafo, Amoabeng Gyekye, Eastern Regional NPP Chairman, took their campaign to Koforidua, where the Presidential Candidate addressed another stakeholders' meeting. That was also preceded by an interview on Eastern FM, a Koforidua-based radio station.

The NPP Presidential Candidate expressed his deep-seated appreciation to the electorate in the Eastern Region for the massive support they gave him and the NPP in the December 7 presidential and parliamentary elections.

He however, regretted the fact that many of the party supporters did not turn up to vote, adding that the refusal of those people to vote contributed to the party's inability to secure 'one-touch' victory.

 He called on all supporters and sympathisers of the NPP not to be dispirited by his inability to secure a resounding victory in the last presidential election, adding   that the fact that he secured more of the valid votes cast than his main contender, John Atta Mills, showed that the incumbent party remained the choice of majority of the electorate.

Nana Akufo-Addo encouraged them to remain firm in their support for the NPP, and turn up in their numbers to vote massively for him during the run-off presidential election to ensure a resounding victory.

The NPP standard bearer observed that the nation's struggle for democracy was not yet over, and that there are tremendous challenges ahead as the nation seeks to consolidate the gains made in the current democratic dispensation.

He has, therefore, urged the electorate not to make the mistake of voting to return the opposition National Democratic Congress to the corridors of power because in his view, 'the return of the party founded and controlled by former President Rawlings will pose a serious threat to the consolidation of our democracy.'

Nana Akufo-Addo ended his campaign tour of the Eastern Region at Nsawam, where the people expressed their determination to come out in their numbers to vote for him on December 28.

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