Nana Akufo-Addo (2nd left), Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia (3rd left) with the Upper West Regional executives
Nana Akufo-Addo’s entry into the Upper East regional capital did not only charge the political atmosphere in the Bolgatanga Municipality, but also brought along a boost in economic activities, with the sale of New Patriotic Party (NPP) paraphernalia leading the pack.
Bolgatanga suddenly came alive once again as NPP members and sympathizers in party colours thronged the streets of the Municipality, blowing horns and vuvuzela, tooting vehicle horns and driving and riding recklessly.
All the 15 constituency executives endorsed Nana Addo’s candidature, saying that their constituents wanted the NPP 2012 presidential candidate to lead the party once again.
‘As the month of love has come to an end, I pray that Allah will grant your entire family your wishes and grant us the associated glory that follows it. May we witness long life, prosperity, happiness, good health and unity’, the Upper East Regional Chairman, Adams Mahama said while declaring the region’s support for Nana Addo.
The constituency chairmen including David Afoko, the Builsa South constituency chairman and brother of the National Chairman Paul Afoko, all pledged their unflinching support for the 2012 NPP flag-bearer.
Nana Akufo-Addo, accompanied by Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, some sitting and former Members of Parliament, including the Deputy Minority leader Dominic Nitiwul, the MP for Talensi Robert Doameng Mosoro and former MP for Bawku Central Adamu Daramani Sakande, called on the traditional authorities in Bolgatanga and drove through the town to respond to the cheers and applause from party faithful and other admirers who had lined up along the streets.
He was in the Upper East region ahead of the special election to meet party delegates who would be responsible for selecting five out of the seven party members in good standing and intend to participate in the NPP flag-bearership primaries to select a candidate for the 2016 Presidential Election.
Nana Addo challenged party executives not to relax but work hard to ensure that the party wins at all the various polling stations across the region, saying ‘the victory starts at the polling station. We must be vigilant at the polling stations, to ensure that our victory is not taken away from us.’
Nana Addo said the country could get better again and called on
Ghanaians to be hopeful and hand over the country’s leadership to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to restore all the pro-poor initiatives that President Kufuor started, to enable Ghanaians to live dignified lives.
On claims of possible cracks after the two internal elections, Nana Addo said there had always been elections in the party to select people at various times and this would not be the last time.
‘I opposed President Kufuor in a Presidential Primaries and yet when he won all hands came on deck to ensure that the country benefited from all the pro-poor programmes and policies that we are all aware of, under the last New Patriotic Party government.’
Nana Akufo-Addo stated that he does not pray for the NDC government’s downfall, but had encouraged the Mahama Administration to work hard to create an enabling environment for businesses to grow and for many Ghanaians to get jobs to improve their lives.
At the Bolgatanga Technical Institute where Nana Akufo-Addo met the party’s delegates, various Constituency Chairmen openly pledged their support for Nana Addo and promised to work hard to ensure victory for the party come 2016.
The Upper East Regional Chairman, Adams Mahama, called on all members and sympathizers of the party to bury the differences that had arisen following the recent National Executive election and National Council membership elections, noting that the party had capable human resources that could put in place measures to create jobs and environment for existing businesses to thrive and be able to pay taxes.
From: Ebo Bruce-Quansah, Bolgatanga
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