Mahama Is Visionless – Says UPP Secretary

General Secretary of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Razak Kojo Opoku, has urged Ghanaians to vote massively against President John Mahama and his non-performing National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration in 2016.

He argued that the NDC government had failed woefully to implement even one of the numerous campaign promises then candidate Mahama made during the 2012 electioneering period.

The outspoken UPP chief scribe noted that Ghana has been plunged into severe economic difficulties due to President Mahama’s visionless and weak leadership style, ‘so he must be booted out of office in 2016.’

Mr Kojo Opoku told DAILY GUIDE shortly after the UPP’s maiden congress in Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital, on Saturday, ‘Let’s come together and retire President Mahama in 2016 so that Ghanaians will have economic freedom.’

Under the NDC administration, he pointed out, private businesses which ideally should have supported Ghana’s economic growth, have collapsed due to the unstable nature of the local currency ‘and other bad policies of the visionless NDC government.’

The UPP congress, which was attended by 1,500 delegates from the ten regions of the country, unanimously elected businessman Akwasi Addai aka Odike, via popular acclamation as the party’s presidential candidate for the 2016 polls.

Mr Kojo Opoku predicted doom for Ghana if the electorate make a mistake of voting for the NDC again next year, and appealed passionately to them (electorate) to vote for the UPP.

He said besides the NDC, Ghanaians generally see the New Patriotic Party (NPP) as the alternative party to vote for, but stressed that the NPP is now bedeviled with deep cracks which Nana Akufo-Addo, its flagbearer, had failed to mend, so Ghanaians should not make a mistake of voting for a divided party.

The UPP chief scribe described the recent appreciation of the cedi as ‘artificial which is unsustainable,’ indicating that the NDC government could not continue to pump US dollars, secured through loans, into the market to save the currency for even six months.

The best solution to Ghana’s ailing and unstable cedi, Kojo Ooku suggested, is to make Ghana an export-based economy, urging the government to support the private sector to produce more.

The UPP national executives that were elected through popular acclamation at the congress included Alhaji Bashiru Zakari, Nana Akwasi Prempeh and Anane Kobo first, second and third national vice chairmen, respectively.

The rest were Emanuel Adjei Akrong, national treasurer; Stephen Kwaku Saahene, national organizer; Gabriel Asamoah-Boakye, national youth organizer and Nana Ama Serwaa Nyarko, national women organizer.

FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi


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