Kojokrom (W/R) Sept.22 - GNA - Mr. Joseph Abakah, CPP parliamentary candidate for Effia-Kwesimintsim in Takoradi has said that the NPP government took a very bold and wise decision by opting for the HPIC initiative for the country.
"Given the precarious economic situation, the HPIC initiative was the wisest option the Government could have taken and the benefits are there for all to see", he told the Ghana News Agency after addressing the newly created Essikadu-Ketan constituency CPP delegates conference at Kojokrom near Takoradi.
"Even though I am a die hard CPP, I believe that we must give praises where praises are due and condemn when it is necessary", Mr. Abekah added.
He said adopting HIPC initiative gave the country the "much-needed respite" when it became clear that managing the national economy had become an uphill task that needed a bold and pragmatic decision to salvage it.
Mr. Abakah commended the Government for sustaining democracy and the rule of law but said CPP could do better if voted into power. On the chances of the CPP in the upcoming elections, he said the Party has far-reaching agenda for economic, social and political growth and also the men to executive these agenda.
He said the Party is cash strapped and limited logistics, which are crucial in elections and would depend on the goodwill of the electorate, "who are by now aware of some of the past achievements of the CPP." He said since his was defeated by the NPP parliamentary candidate in the 2000 elections, "Nothing good had happened to my constituents, hence their eagerness to have me as their MP once again."
Mr. Abakah advised the people to vote according to their conscience and not to allow monetary or order considerations to influence them on voting day.
The delegates, by acclamation endorsed Mr. Francis Noble Ankomah, an educationist, aged 64 years as the Party's parliamentary candidate for the Essikadu-Ketan constituency .