2012 is our time – Nana Addo
By: Issah Alhassan, Kumasi
The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), last Friday, declared that the December 7 general elections would present the opportunity for the party and Ghanaians to rediscover their pride and put Ghana once again, on the path of development and prosperity.
The NPP presidential candidate stated emphatically that the years of distress and despondency, which had come about as a result of the corrupt administration of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government, led by Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, had brought to Ghanaians would be a thing of the past, stressing that Ghanaians would once again, experience a good life and success which God had ordained.
“God did not create Ghanaians with all the abundant natural resources to suffer, no way! Poverty is not part of our destiny; God wants every Ghanaian to live his or her life to the fullest and enjoy his natural endowment,” a confident Nana Addo declared, amidst cheers and excitement from the teeming supporters who had gathered at the Sports Arena of the Kumasi Polytechnic to welcome him, his running mate, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, and other bigwigs of the opposition party to participate in the Youth Forum organised by the regional youth wing of the party.
The NPP flagbearer, who arrived at the rally grounds to a rapturous welcome, further stated: “My daily prayers to God Almighty is that he should hand over the leadership of this country to me and let me serve the people to his glory. Ghanaians are suffering in the hands of this wicked NDC administration, and need the intervention of the Creator.”
Nana Akufo Addo noted that what Ghana required now was a leadership of vision and purpose that would restore the lost hope and confidence in the Ghanaian youth, and to prove once again, that governance was for the welfare of the people, and not a few individuals.
“We shall prove to the NDC that politics is not about lies, insults, personality attacks and propaganda, but rather what you can do to improve the lot of the people,” he stressed.
The NPP flagbearer observed that since being elected into power, Prof. Mills had not delivered even a single promise made during the 2008 electioneering campaign, adding that after promising to put money in the pocket of the ordinary Ghanaian, the NDC and President Mills had rather ended up creating holes in the pockets of the poor Ghanaian.
“Did Prof. Mills not promise to reduce petrol? Did he not promise to reduce electricity tariffs? Did he not promise affordable housing, better lives and improved living conditions? What do we see now, fuel prices have skyrocketed, Ghanaians can’t afford light bills, STX has been a fiasco, prices of goods are shooting up on a daily basis,” the NPP presidential candidate observed.
Nana Addo, therefore, reiterated his promise to ensure free education up to the secondary level, and urged the youth and good people of the country to reject the propaganda and pessimistic attitude of the NDC that the policy cannot be achieved.
He intimated that under no circumstances should a Ghanaian child be denied the opportunity to quality education because his or her parents cannot afford it, and described the position of the NDC as wicked and envious.
He said when President Kufuor, in 2000 promised free health care, capitation grant, school feeding and other social interventions, this same NDC people said it was not achievable, but due to prudent management and the commitment of the leadership, the NPP was able to implement those policies.
Nana Addo said he would adopt the same alacrity and dedication adopted by ex-President Kufuor to ensure that the vision and mission for the Ghanaian school child are realised.
“I know, with my able and energetic lieutenant Bawumia and other competent leaders around, we will be able to deliver for the benefit of all Ghanaians.”
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