Apostle Dr. Opoku Onyinah welcoming Nana Addo
The presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for this year’s elections, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, last Friday undertook a historic visit to the ultra-modern Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC) located at Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa in the Central Region, where he pledged his support for peaceful elections.
“I don’t want a drop of blood of a Ghanaian to be spilled for me to become president of this nation,” he told the church during interactions with the leadership.
Nana Akufo-Addo, who has been pledging his commitment to national peace over the years, stated his commitment to ensuring good governance and prudent economic management when God helps him to become the president of the country.
The NPP presidential candidate called for prayer support from the church to ensure successful and peaceful elections.
The NPP flagbearer was at the Centre to inspect the facility, which is Ghana’s new world-class conference and event centre.
His visit coincided with the church’s 5th All Ministers Wives’ Conference.
Nana Akufo-Addo and his team, comprising the party’s Acting National Chairman, Freddy Blay; former General Secretary, Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie aka Sir John and Ken Ofori Atta, among others, were highly impressed with the great infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities at the Centre.
Nana Akufo-Addo thanked the leadership of the church for the warm reception.
He was shocked that the chairman of the Church disclosed that the massive infrastructural development and facilities at the Centre were all funded through prudent financial management of the church’s own resources without any foreign support or bank facility.
According to Nana Akufo-Addo, the nation could best be run by the church, looking at what it had been able to achieve at the Convention Centre.
Addressing the church and the NPP officials, Chairman of the Church of Pentecost and President of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), Apostle Dr. Opoku Onyinah, explained that the leadership of the church usually invites government officials and other dignitaries to its General Council meetings, conventions and other official ceremonies, but not for that particular conference.
“This is a time of prayer and house cleaning exercise. Therefore, because of the polarization of politics in Ghana, when we heard of your [Nana Addo’s] visitation to the Centre our initial reaction was to say ‘please not this time, perhaps later.’
“But we also realised it would have been a mistake, and uncharacteristic of a Pentecostal church planted on the soil of Ghana to do that. That is, that would have gone against not only Pentecostal practices, but also Ghanaian culture. We therefore decided to use the opportunity to interact with you,” Apostle Onyinah stated.
“Because of the political plurality of our members, we have advised our pastors to be circumspect in their pronouncements at church. We seek to always cooperate with the government of the day as it steers the affairs of our dear nation in accordance with the Constitution of the land.
He appealed to all the political parties in the country to conduct their campaigns in a peaceful manner to ensure peaceful elections, come November 7.
On corruption, Apostle Onyinah noted that Ghana could develop if the canker was dealt with and the resources of the country were prudently managed.
He led the church to pray for the nation and all the political party leaders.
Earlier, the General Secretary of the Church, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi; the Centre Manager, Apostle Nana Yaw Adjei and the Projects, Development and Estate Manager, Pastor Dr. Joseph Buertey, took Nana Akufo-Addo and his entourage round the facility.