Flagbearer hopeful of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says Ghana has virtually ground to a halt under the leadership of President John Dramani Mahama.
He believes things are not working under the government of the National Democratic government, but assured Ghanaians there is hope because Ghana will work again if the New Patriotic Party is voted into office in 2016.
Nana Akufo-Addo said these when he filed his nomination papers at the NPP headquarters, Asylum Down, Accra. He was the fourth person to file his nomination papers for the 2014 presidential primary, as the opposition party prepares for the December 2016 general elections.
Several NPP Members of Parliament accompanied Nana Akufo-Addo to the party office from his Nima residence close by.
Large numbers of elated NPP members and sympathisers thronged the headquarters of the party to show their support to the candidature of the man they believe can rescue Ghana from the economic hardships, despondency, widespread corruption and rising levels of unemployment the country finds itself in under President Mahama’s NDC government.
Responding to the crowd, Nana Akufo-Addo reiterated his commitment to leading a united NPP as a necessary condition to securing victory from the government of the National Democratic Congress.
Nana Akufo-Addo, was met at the conference room of the party by General Secretary, Mr. Kwabena Agyepong, who after studying the papers and acknowledging receipt of the GH¢75,000 filing fee presented by Nana Akufo-Addo, accepted the nomination documents as duly filed.
Nana Akufo-Addo assured the General Secretary that he was going to abide by the rules and regulations of the primary, as set out by the party, and will also ensure that his supporters do likewise.
Addressing journalists gathered at the NPP headquarters, Akufo-Addo stated that he can be trusted to serve the party well, and he has the vision and experience to inspire and lead the NPP into victory come 2016, adding that ‘Ghana will work again under my leadership.’
To ensure this becomes a reality, Akufo-Addo emphasised that the NPP has a dynamic and competent team to implement plans designed to transform the lives of the Ghanaian people and to develop in Ghana a free, democratic, modern African state – one that can hold its own in a competitive world.
Maintaining that Ghana currently finds herself in difficult times, with a battered and dispirited population, Akufo-Addo reminded NPP supporters that the entire nation is looking up to the NPP to offer the leadership that will rescue Ghana from a clueless and floundering NDC government.
‘Let’s get together and get Ghana working again,’ he admonished NPP supporters.
He assured the gathering that “the NPP is coming back to power in 2016, to continue from where President Kufuor left off.”
He urged NPP members to send the good news of the NPP’s return in, assuring them that 2016 NPP will not taste defeat again.
“Akufo-Addo is the man for the future. Come high, come low we’re winning 2016,” he added.
Nana Akufo-Addo was accompanied by his running mate for the 2008 and 2012 elections, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Sheikh I.C. Quaye, Nii Adjiri Blankson, Mustapha Abdul Hamid, Frema Opare Osei, and several MPs, including Hon. Sara Adjoa Safo, Hon. Daniel Titus Glover, Hon. Frank Annoh Dompreh, Hon. Isaac Asiamah, Hon. Henry Quartey, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway and Hon. Gifty Klenam.
The others included: Hon. Aboagye Gyedu Kingey, Hon. Alexander Afenyo-Markin, Hon. Kwasi Amoako-Atta, Hon. Moses Anim, Hon. Justice Joe Appiah, Hon. Dr. Nana Ato Arthur, Hon. Solomon N. Boar, Hon. Henry Kokofu, Hon. Gifty Kusi, Hon. Kennedy Osei, Hon. Matthew Nyindam, Hon. Benito Owusu, Hon. Elizabeth Sackey, Hon. Sagre Bambani, Hon. Robert Sarfo-Mensah and Hon. Mustapha Yussif.
The crowd, which included several young and women from constituencies in Greater Accra, danced and sang in joy.
Nana Akufo-Addo’s campaign to seek the mandate of the over 140,000 delegates of the party will commence after the party completes the vetting of flagbearer aspirants.
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