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22.02.2013 Politics

Political leaders laud Prez for offering hope

By Daily Graphic
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Three political parties and an independent presidential candidate who took part in the December 2012 elections have commended President John Dramani Mahama for his vision towards the development of the country as contained in his State of the Nation Address.

Mr Kofi Akpaloo of the Independent People's Party (IPP), Dr Henry Lartey of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP), Mr Akwasi Addai (Odike) of the United Front Party and Mr Jacob Osei Yeboah, the independent presidential candidate, said the President's State of the Nation Address presented to Parliament yesterday and which touched on all sectors of the economy would better the lot of Ghanaians if the issues were implemented.

They condemned the Minority in Parliament for boycotting the event and urged them to reconsider their stand in the collective interest of the country.

Mr Akpaloo described the address as "splendid", both in delivery and quality. He said the emphasis on job creation and the intended creation of a system to build data on job creation was a very good idea.

"The address has shown that the President knows the problems confronting the country and has the right strategies to solve them," he said.

He added that Ghanaians needed to rally behind the President now that the elections were over and condemned the Minority for walking out during the delivery of the address.

Dr Lartey said the GCPP was concerned about the domestication of the economy, adding that he was touched by plans to implement local content in the oil and gas sector.

He called on the Minority to reflect on their action and put Ghana first, since their continued boycott of such events would not be in the interest of the country.

Mr Osei Yeboah also described the address as excellent, explaining that Mr Mahama's conclusion "was touching and powerful".

He explained that the President was forthright in his address, since he laid bare the country's problems and pointed out efforts being made to solve them.

He said every Ghanaian had a role to play and wondered why the Minority chose such a day, meant to unite the country, to boycott parliamentary sitting.

Mr Yeboah said Ghanaians supported the NPP for choosing to go to the Supreme Court over the declaration of the December 2012 presidential election results, adding that it would be good for the party to wait for the outcome of the litigation, instead of adopting such an action to wreck the development of the country.

He said the President's refusal to acknowledge the action of the Minority "made them useless in the scheme of things".

For his part, Mr Addai said the address touched on all the relevant issues, including the creation of jobs.

He said he was very impressed with the delivery and the fact that the President was able to address the pertinent problems confronting the country.

He lauded the President for putting forward his short, medium and long-term strategies to address the problems enumerated. Touching on the boycott by the Minority, he stated that their action had "betrayed them of their titles as honourables."

He said it was unfortunate that members of the Minority had also betrayed their constituents by taking actions without seeking their consent.

Mr Addai said the NPP had explained that it was Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and Mr Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey who were in court and not the party and, therefore, wondered why the Minority would adopt that strategy in support of the three individuals.

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