The Nima residence of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the 2012 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) was yesterday thronged by hundreds of party sympathizers who defied the heavy downpour to welcome him home after six months holidaying in London.
The general area of the residence, including the street passing through the faÃ§ade of the Nima Police Station, witnessed a flurry of activities, as his sympathizers fell over each other to catch a glimpse of him.
For those of them who could not find shelter from the extended downpour, they ignored the discomfort caused by their drenched dresses and waited until their idol appeared.
A deafening noise filled the air as Nana himself defied the downpour and made his way to a shelter within his kingside compound where the Oman FM crew had pitched their outside broadcast facility to interview him and to give a live coverage of the arrival engagement.
It was an opportunity for a political statement which Nana presented audibly.
Even as the interview went on, the noise continued. Not even attempts to have the supporters calm down yielded fruit.
When the interview was done, he retraced his steps to his hall where he waited perhaps expecting the downpour to subside so he could engage with his sympathizers, but it did not.
The next phase of the engagement unfolded regardless of the inclement weather when he received well wishers in the persons of top party personalities, most of them newly elected executive members of the party in the region.
When Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia was introduced upon his arrival, another bout of deafening noise took over the place as the gentleman acknowledged the cheers.
Then came the turn of Freddie Blay and Alhaji Rashid Bawa who joined Nana in his hall where they exchanged pleasantries.
The teeming crowd
It was a tough job for the private security detail of Nana and the police, as they struggled to control the stubborn and defiant crowd.
Motorists made do with available spaces they could find because of the sheer number of vehicles.
The next few days would surely witness more people paying courtesy calls on Nana Akufo-Addo at his Nima residence, because on such occasions, nobody wants to be left out.
Nana Akufo-Addo arrived in Accra Wednesday evening after a six-month holiday in the UK.
Nana was received back at his Nima residence with prayers from priests who were waiting for him before his arrival in the house.
Nana Akufo-Addo said President John Mahama’s decision to implement the free Senior High School (SHS) education in 2015 was good news for Ghanaians and should be welcomed by all.
He told Oman FM that if the President and his National Democratic Congress (NDC) government now considered the free SHS education policy possible, then it was good for Ghanaians.
‘I see it as good news to Ghanaians; everything we [politicians] do is to improve the lives of and benefit Ghanaians. It’s good news to all of us Ghanaians,’ he stressed.
He also disputed comments that the NPP would not have a campaign message for the 2016 general elections.
‘We will have a campaign message; there are a lot of campaign messages, the issues will be about what the NDC was able to do in power.’
By A.R. Gomda
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