Kumasi, May 11, GNA-Mr Kwame Appiah Boateng, the 2004 Convention People's Party (CPP) parliamentary candidate for the Nhyiaeso constituency, on Wednesday said he would contest for the party's presidential slot in order to run for the 2008 presidential election. He said the decision followed an incessant call from both within and outside the CPP on him to challenge the 2004 flag-bearer, Mr George Aggudey and win the 2008 presidential elections for the party.
Mr Boateng in an interview with the GNA in Kumasi, said he had decided to respond to the noble call of the people to take up the challenge to serve Ghana.
He pledged that if he should win the presidential slot, he would deal a devastating blow to both the NPP and the NDC and lead the CPP to victory in the 2008.
Mr Boateng said he was as a neo-Nkrumaist committed to the ideas and ideals of democracy, freedom, liberty, free enterprise and social democracy.
He said the magic of the CPP was back, saying "the myth of Dr Nkrumah's political victory shall be repeated in 2008". Mr Boateng said if he became President, he would call for a referendum on Ghana's neo-colonialist status and encourage Ghanaians to be less dependent and self- reliant.
He also said he would promote and strengthen Ghana's cultural and diplomatic ties with the USA and other freedom loving and democratic countries if he should win elections.
Mr Boateng said a CPP government would promote the welfare of Ghanaians and create greater opportunities for women and empower them to develop their potentials.
Mr Boateng appealed to well to do members of the party to support him financially to enable him to contest the elections.
He appealed to NDC and NPP supporters to join and support the CPP to ensure permanent peace and stability and promote economic and political freedom for Ghana.