As the New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, presents what he has described as ‘the Real State of the Nation” at the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons at 10am today, he is wondering if President John Mahama has any idea about the unprecedented level of economic difficulties and hardships the Ghanaian people have been subjected to under the two-term administration of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
According to Nana Akufo-Addo, President Mahama’s assertion in last week’s State of the Nation Address that the country’s healthcare delivery system had seen massive levels of improvement under his tenure proves that the president has lost touch with the concerns of the ordinary Ghanaian and the realities on the ground.
“Is Mahama living in Ghana with us?” the NPP flagbearer rhetorically asked, adding, “Or perhaps he is living in a different country? We all know the difficulties and hardships that confront us in this country. He has no idea what Ghanaians are going through.”
The NPP presidential candidate was speaking on Saturday at Atimpoku in the Asuogyaman constituency of the Eastern Region during the final funeral rites of the late Nana Asafo Adjei II, ex-Krontihene of the Akwamu Traditional Area, and later at Prampram.
Nana Akufo-Addo, addressing the chiefs, hinted that the 2016 election is all about the future of Ghana and urged the electorate not to be swayed by handouts aimed at influencing their choice on election day.
“This is a special year for Ghanaians. This election is not about GH¢10 or GH¢20 (handouts). It is about our future as a country. At this moment, access to education for all school-going children has become a headache for parents because they cannot afford to pay fees. When someone is sick, it becomes a heart-wrenching moment because our healthcare system is in a mess. This is not the Ghana we want,” he stated.
He continued, “We in the NPP have done it before. In order to tackle the difficult economy the NPP inherited in 2001, President John Agyekum Kufuor put an able team together and before very long, Ghana had become the success story of the continent. Akufo-Addo will do the same.”
The NPP flagbearer therefore urged the people of Atimpoku to give him the opportunity to turn the dwindling fortunes of Ghana around so that the country could be returned onto the path of progress and prosperity.
“Give me the opportunity and support me. Have confidence in me. This is my third attempt and I am appealing to you to try me also; and I can assure you that with God’s guidance, I will not disappoint you,” he added.
Nana Akufo-Addo also introduced the NPP parliamentary candidate for the constituency, Kwame Adu Darkwa, to the people of Atimpoku.
He appealed to the gathering to help the NPP retain the seat by voting for Mr Kwame Adu Darkwa on November 7.
The incumbent NPP MP, Kofi Osei Ameyaw, it will be recalled, did not contest the NPP parliamentary primary, thereby giving Mr Kwame Adu Darkwa the opportunity to represent the party in the upcoming election.
Paying glowing tribute to the late Nana Asafo Adjei, Nana Akufo-Addo explained that the late chief was “one of the founders of our party who helped nurture it to become the biggest political party in Ghana. After his passing away, we deem it necessary to come and pay tribute to our fallen patriot in testament to the work he has done for Ghana and for the NPP.”
The NPP made a cash donation of GH¢2,000 to the family of the late chief.
Earlier on Saturday, Nana Akufo-Addo visited the Ningo Prampram constituency where he attended the funeral of Madam Bertha Narkie Nyameasem, the late mother of Alhaji Ibrahim Nyameasem aka Small Boy, CEO of Alinco Oil Co. Ltd at Ningo. He also attended the funeral of Madam Comfort Matekie Akita, mother-in-law of the NPP Volta Regional 1st Vice Chairman, Dr Archibald Letsa, at Prampram.
Nana Akufo-Addo was accompanied by his wife, Rebecca Akufo-Addo; former Mayor of Accra and member of the NPP Council of Elders, Nii Adjiri Blankson; former Greater Accra Regional Minister and former MP for Ayawaso Central, Sheikh I.C. Quaye; Greater Accra Regional Secretary, Adjei Sowah; former Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Isaac Amoo; parliamentary candidates for Ningo Prampram, Sege, Krowor and Asuogyaman constituencies, Sylvester Tetteh, Divine Otoo Agorhum, Naa Afoley Quaye and Kwame Adu Darkwa respectively.
FROM Daniel Bampoe, Asuogyaman