The new year has unfortunately begun with yet another lie from the NDC gutter press about Nana Akufo-Addo. The latest effusion comes from a paper called “The True Statesman”, which has a headline in its Tuesday 10th January edition: “Nana Akufo-Addo's Mercenaries are in Town”. It purports to be a report of a meeting allegedly held last Sunday, 8th January at the Cottage Hotel in Bubuashie, Accra, where the NPP 2012 presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, addressed “Wounded Lion”, an alleged militant group allegedly from Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast, on a strategic plot to cause mayhem in the country before, during and after the 2012 general elections. According to the paper, the Ghana Police Service is on top of the issue and is monitoring events with “eagle eyes”. The entire story is a total lie.
Nana Akufo-Addo left Accra on Thursday, 5th January by air (Starbow 16.30 flight) for Kumasi where he spent the night. The following day, 6th January, he proceeded by road to Prang to participate in the midday Friday prayers of the Tijaniyya Muslim faith in their Maulid. He returned to Kumasi the same day, and spent the entire weekend in Kumasi, attending in the morning in Effiduase, the one week funeral ceremonies of the late NPP Chairman of the Effiduase Asokore constituency, Mr. Afram Agyeman. In the afternoon, he attended with his wife the funeral of the late Ms. Anastasia Gyasi at the Kumasi Heroes Park. He returned to Accra on the 17.15 Starbow flight from Kumsai on Sunday 8th January. From the airport, as his wife went home, he went to visit the former President of the Republic, H.E. John Agyekum Kufour. He then went home. He was never at any such meeting in Bubuashie as alleged, and has no knowledge of any such meeting. He has indeed never been to any Cottage Hotel in Bubuashie and has no knowledge of its whereabouts and has no mercenaries, imaginary or otherwise. The report of the so-called True Statesman is a gross fabrication.
We are aware of the desperate attempts that are being made and will be made in NDC circles to implicate Nana Akufo-Addo in some cooked up plot to justify police action against him. These attempts will fail. Nana Akufo-Addo will continue to be what he has always been – a firm believer in peace and democratic politics, who abhors cheats and bully boys in that process. He has never been, and will never be involved in anything that smacks of violence in politics.
It is obvious that, at a time when the full failure of the Mills-Mahama led NDC government has become evident to all Ghanaians, the latest incident of this failure being the infamous Woyomegate, where apparently the colossal sum GH cedis 92.8 million has been wrongfully paid from public funds to an undeserving recipient and known NDC financier, strenuous efforts will be made to blacken the name and reputation of Nana Akufo-Addo. They will fail.
The Ghanaian people are not the naive people that the NDC gutter press takes them for. The NPP and its presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, are going for an outright victory in this year's elections and not for any so-called power-sharing arrangement. This incompetent NDC government has to be peacefully retired for the sake of the future of Mother Ghana.
This is for the record.