NPP foot soldiers launch 'Operation Fre Wo Nua'
In a bid to secure a resounding presidential run-off victory for the New Patriotic Party and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, a group calling itself Dankwa-Busia Patriotic Foot Soldiers Welfare Association has launched an operation dubbed "Fre Wo Nua', (which literally means call your neighbuor') to help mobilize support for the party in the Ashanti region.
As part of the operation, members of FOSWA had embarked on a vigorous house-to-house campaign to convince reluctant voters to come out in their numbers and vote massively for the NPP.
FOSWA is projecting to get at least one hundred and ten thousand voters from the Ashanti Region to vote for the NPP. The association has been formed to foster good relationship among the rank and file of the party, particularly those at the grass root level.
At a press conference in Kumasi, the National Secretary, Samuel Quansah, said it had become necessary for them to intensify the party's campaign at the grass root level in order to ensure that their ultimate aim - which is to clinch victory - did not become a mirage.
In a bid to aid their campaign efforts, the association had presented nine brand new megaphones to the Ashanti Regional branch. According to the secretary, the time had come for all members to give of their best for the party, since to them, a victory for NPP is a victory for democracy.
"Unity was the battle bawl used to rally the party after the Congress of 1992, 1996 and 1998, in order to contest the then pending elections; it is this same unity that FOSWA is calling for as a strategic tool to mobilize more votes from our members and all Ghanaians to ensure that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo wins this run-off hands down', the secretary emphasized.
Mr. Quansah explained that the NPP flagbearer"s commitment to the welfare and empowerment of the ordinary Ghanaian must be a source of encouragement to the people of this country to strongly rally behind him to make such dreams a reality.
'Nana's vision is to build together with the people of Ghana a nation based on constitutional government, rule of law, free markets, a culture of excellence and the 'can do" spirit of the Ghanaian whose citizens are peaceful and prosperous, care for the vulnerable, empowering citizens economically and providing leadership to the African continent and the world and belief in the potential of every citizen,' he noted.
In a related development, Common People for Nana Addo - membership mobilization group for the NPP in the run-off elections - at a press conference in Kumasi, has asked Ghanaians not to plunge the nation into an ungovernable state.
They should not vote to bring back the NDC into power. They have therefore urged Ghanaians to weigh the political maturity of the two contesting political parties in the run-off elections before casting their votes.
Charles Binney, spokesman for the group, said it was important for Ghanaians to know that the election was about the 'battle of the brains' but 'not the battle of bullets' and that Ghanaians should guard against intimidation and the tactics of fear from the NDC and cast their votes for Nana Addo for an accelerated development of the nation.