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30.01.2012 Politics

Peace More Important Than Political Ambition - Akufo-Addo

By Kwame Asiedu Marfo - Daily Graphic
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Former President Kufuor interacting with Nana Akufo-Addo during the prayer service at SekondiThe flag-bearer of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has stated that the party decided not to contest the outcome of the 2008 election because of its implications for the peace and stability of the country.

He said peace, unity, stability, and freedom were more important than the individual political ambition.

Speaking at the party’s interdenominational prayer service at the Sekondi Stadium, Nana Akufo-Addo said “we stand for peace and we continue to stand for peace”

The prayer service was attended by the party’s bigwigs including former President John Agyekum Kufuor, the 2008 running mate, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, sitting and aspiring Members of Parliament of the party, as well as the party’s faithful and sympathisers.

The prayer service, which was led by the Western Region Network of Religious Ministers, was characterised by prayers and song ministration.

The first scripture from Jeremiah 31: 7-9 was read by Mr Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, the National Chairman of the NPP, while the Minority Leader in Parliament, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, read the second scripture from Philippians 4: 5-8.

Nana Akufo-Addo read the third scripture from 1 Samuel 17:47 and 1 Cor 15:57-58.

Addressing the congregation, Nana Akufo-Addo said the party would continue to pray for lasting peace for the country.

He urged those who would be responsible for the 2012 election to do their work in a transparent and fair manner.

He said 2012 was the time of choice between stagnation and progress and between corruption and integrity.

Nana Akufo-Addo expressed the hope that the NPP MPs would be courageous and dedicated to carry out their responsibilities for the benefit of the country.

In a sermon, Apostle Dr F.E. Antwi of the Church of Pentecost, said there was the need for peace, a necessary condition for the development of the country, adding that “our peace, welfare and prosperity depend on the peace we have”.

He urged all churches, groups and individuals to promote peace and be peace makers.

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