General News of Tuesday, 20 September 2016
The 2016 presidential nominee of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has cautioned the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) to stop intimidating opponents.
The three-time presidential aspirant said individuals and groups were entitled to a fair chance of campaigning devoid of political coercion.
According to him, “only a few days ago, at Ningo, my wife was present at the Homowo festival to grace the occasion as the Special Guest of Honour. Upon learning of this, the NDC sent thugs to scuttle the event.”
Nana Akufo-Addo made this known on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, when he paid a courtesy call on the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs at Dodowa at the commencement of his four-day tour of the Greater Accra Region.
With the clarion call for a peaceful election echoing across the country, Nana Akufo-Addo called on chiefs to add their voice to this call and condemn violent acts being perpetrated in the name of politics.
“I am not asking the chiefs to become policemen. But if something like this happens, I am appealing to you to add your voice to it and say: ‘This is not what we want. Everyone in this country must have the chance to campaign without acts of intimidation being perpetrated,’” he underscored.
He explained that the policy initiatives he is offering to the people of Ghana ahead of this year’s elections are not promises, but solutions meant to address the many problems confronting the Ghanaian people.
He, therefore, appealed to the chiefs and people of the Greater Accra Region to offer him support as he makes another attempt for the presidency on December 7.
“Everyone here knows what he has set his sights on. But this year, I am asking you to join the Elephant. This year is the year of the Elephant and I am asking you to join and ride on the back of the Elephant,” he appealed.
“The possibilities in Ghana are immense, and if we do not get a good government that will turn these possibilities into realities, they will, at best, remain possibilities. That is the choice before the people of Ghana this year.”