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19.01.2009 NPP News

The future is ours - Nana assures NPP supporters

By The Statesman
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The flag bearer of the NPP in last year's general elections, Nana Akufo-Addo, has asked the rank and file of the party not to be dispirited by the party"s defeat in the elections, but remain steadfast in their support for the party to ensure that it remains the greatest political force in the country.

"We don't have to be dispirited, and see the setback as fatal for the future prospects of our party.

Let us rally around our time-tested philosophies, and draw inspiration from the fact that even in the face of the difficulties that our tradition went through from the pre-independence era, under Nkrumah"s one-party state to the era of military dictatorship, we managed to survive,' he encouraged.

 Nana Akufo-Addo was addressing a large number of party faithful at the VAG Hall in Bolgatanga, capital of the Upper East Region, as part of his "Thank You' tour in the Region.

Before addressing the gathering, the NPP standard bearer had spoken in an interview on Radio UER, a radio station based at Bolgatanga. He was full of appreciation for the electorate in the region for the support they gave him and the NPP during last year's general elections.

Nana Akufo-Addo urged the party faithful to avoid unwarranted verbal assaults on one another for perceived acts of omissions and commissions, stressing that such unhealthy practices would not augur well for the unity and future development of the party.

According to him, the worst thing that could happen to the NPP and the future development of the nation "will be allowing our front to be divided through needless blame game.

What we need to do is a critical internal examination of our strengths and weaknesses, while focussing on how to regain power in the next election.'

He gave the assurance that he would remain committed to the process of re-organising the party, adding, 'I am prepared to play whatever role the party will want me to play in the forward march of our great family.'

From Bolgatanga, Nana Akufo-Addo and his team, which included Yaw Osafo-Maafo, Boakye Agyarko and Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, visited Tamale, capital of the Northern Region, where they were received by thousands of enthusiastic party supporters and sympathisers.

It was more than a street carnival as the people entertained themselves with the party"s campaign songs, with others struggling for every available space to enable them catch a glimpse of their hero. The excitement and the mood of the people could not describe a party that had been defeated in an election.

Nana Akufo-Addo's first point of call was North Star FM, a Tamale based radio station, through which he expressed his appreciation to the electorate in the region for their support in the elections.

 He later addressed a large crowd of party loyalists at the Zogbeli Park and stressed the need for them to remain united at all times 'so that we don't allow our opponents to knock our heads against one another.'

 The NPP presidential candidate for Election 2008 re-iterated the need for them to be in high spirit saying, 'I'm in good spirit; you should also be in good spirit.'

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