Nana Akufo-Addo arriving at the programme
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has made mockery of President John Mahama’s governing style, describing the National Democratic Congress (NDC) leader as a luminary when it comes to the collapsing of businesses.
He referred to the president in the Twi language as “Ogu Adwuma,” which literally means “an expert in collapsing businesses,” whilst addressing a colossal crowd of NPP faithful during the first National Nasara Conference of the party in Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital, on Saturday.
Nana Akufo-Addo blamed the Mahama administration for not doing enough to transform local businesses in the country, complaining bitterly that they are virtually on the brink of extinction due to bad policies by the government.
The NPP leader urged the electorate to vote President Mahama and the NDC out of political office later this year so that an NPP government would implement better policies and programmes to make businesses grow and transform the lives of the people.
“I am counting on each and every one of you gathered here, our NASARA coordinators, to work hard and help take the NPP message to every member of the Zongo communities and mobilise support for our party in these communities,” he charged.
Nana Akufo-Addo said the Mahama administration, despite its obvious failure, is counting on the unrestrained abuse of incumbency and the shameless exploitation of ethnicity, negative propaganda, blatant lies and outright fabrications to help it retain power—the power they clearly do not deserve but need in order to continue with the policy of ‘create, loot and share.’
“It is our duty in the NPP to work tirelessly this year to lay bare the facts of widespread corruption, manifest incompetence and increased poverty before the Ghanaian people. They must have no doubt about the compelling necessity of saying goodbye to ‘Ogu Adwuma’ John Mahama and his government, no matter the juicy inducements they are going to offer to them,” he stated.
Nana Addo said the NDC would adopt vile propaganda and tribal politics in a desperate attempt to hang onto political power after seven years of failing to fulfil campaign promises.
The NPP leader admonished the electorate not to fall for the NDC’s politics of lies, innuendoes and insults, stressing the need for the voters to give their mandate to the NPP so that it could restore the country to the path of prosperity once again.
He said the NDC doesn’t have the interest of the populace at heart, noting that President Mahama and his party members only want to peddle lies and fabrications to emerge victorious in the elections so that they could create, loot and share the country’s resources.
Nana Akufo-Addo said information reaching him indicated that the NDC had started spreading wild rumours in the Zongo communities to the effect that the NPP would introduce the Alien Compliance Act, which would result in people being expelled from the country.
The flagbearer stated categorically that “The Aliens Compliance Order cannot happen in Ghana again,” arguing that the NPP, led by President Kufuor, stayed in political office for eight years without talking about that issue.
Nana Akufo-Addo assured, “My government will also not talk about the Aliens Compliance Order,” indicating that the NDC had failed to deliver and so had no campaign message to woo the voters except peddle lies and propaganda to confuse them (voters).
Zongo Development Fund
The NPP standard bearer stated that the party is the only political entity that has the interest and the development of the Zongo areas at heart, promising that his administration would introduce the Zongo Development Fund to speed up the transformation process of the Zongo communities.
Nana Akufo-Addo said the large number of people from the various Zongo communities that jammed the venue of the programme was a strong indication that the NPP was determined to wrest political power from the NDC this year.
He said his government would erase the corruption tag which is now synonymous with the presidency, stressing that acts of corruption would not see the light of day in his administration.
Freddie Blay, acting NPP National Chairman, stated that the party is the only political grouping in the country with sound policies to develop the Zongo communities and urged residents to vote for Nana Akufo-Addo.
The programme was under the theme, ‘Mobilizing the Zongos For Victory 2016.’
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi