THE NEW Patriotic Party (NPP) has warned the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) to stop using the name of the former’s 2016 presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to deceive farmers at the cocoa growing areas.
According to the NPP, it had come to its attention that the NDC had been sending its foot soldiers to remote villages and lying to cocoa farmers that fertilizer for farming had not been released because Nana Akufo-Addo had refused to sign documents to that effect.
The main opposition party also stated that the NDC had been telling cocoa farmers that the Mass Cocoa Spraying exercise had been stopped because of Nana Addo’s refusal to sign the documents, even though President Mahama had signed his portion of the documents.
The NPP in the Upper Denkyira West Constituency made this known in a press statement signed by its Communications Director, Agyemang Asiedu, condemning the NDC for playing such ‘cheap’ politics with the cocoa sector, which is one of the major cash earners for the nation.
According to the statement, “The NDC is moving round some polling stations in the Upper Denkyira West Constituency, notably, Bremang, Brofoyedur, Jameso-Nkwanta, Diaso, Asantefokrom, Aniantentem and others, telling cocoa farmers that they have not been able to supply them with the mass cocoa spraying chemicals and fertilizers because Nana Akufo-Addo has refused to sign the documents, even though the incompetent President Mahama has signed his part.”
The cocoa sector has witnessed a sharp decline in its performance under President Mahama’s administration – a development that has caused many farmers to be angry with the government.
The government is seemingly adopting every desperate means to save its face as the general election approaches.
It was not stated however, which document the NPP leader had refused to sign for the government.
Describing the move as a “cheap propaganda,” the NPP urged farmers not to buy into the propaganda being spread by the spin doctors of the ruling government.
“We are by this statement informing the good people of Upper Denkyira West, especially cocoa farmers, that Nana Akufo-Addo is not a government official; neither is he the Minister for Agriculture to sign documents for the release of fertilizers or chemicals for their farms.
“This kind of cheap propaganda strategy of twisting information, distorting news and generating false allegations, is the biggest insult to the good people of Upper Denkyira West,” the statement indicated.
According to the NPP, “It smacks of nothing but desperation on the part of the NDC who are well aware of the wind of change blowing across the country. The NDC also should note that Ghanaians are wide awake. They cannot play with their intelligence anymore. Their dishonesty, deceit, lies, abuse of power and corrupt acts are all well known by the people.”
BY Melvin Tarlue