The presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, and the National Chairman, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, have commended NPP members of the Ablekuma South constituency for doing away with bitterness, and coming together to elect new officers for the party in the constituency.
Speaking at a unity rally held in the constituency last week Friday to swear in the newly-elected polling station and constituency executives, Nana Akufo-Addo congratulated all the members in the constituency for being patient and tolerant of one another.
He also called on all members of the party to do their best to ensure that the election of the party’s parliamentary candidates, which will take place sometime next year, will be devoid of acrimony and divisions, so that after the process, the party would be the victor, as was the case in the election of the presidential candidate.
He stated that the tradition of the NPP had always permitted competition, but after the process of electing, winners and losers alike, join forces to ensure that the party continues to stand strong and formidable.
He remarked that the National Democratic Congress (NDC), unlike the NPP, “has no policies and programs that could help move our country forward; and all they think about is what to do on election day to win the next election.”
“But I stand in front of all of you today, here at Karikari Brobbey Park, to assure you that we will not allow them to have their way in 2012. Every hole and corner that they enter, we shall go in with them, and make sure that when the votes are counted, what is due us, is what will be declared for us, and I am convinced that will surely mean a victory for the NPP.”
Speaking on the same platform, the National Chairman of the party, Mr. Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, also congratulated all the members of the Ablekuma South constituency for uniting and electing party officers for the constituency.
“To me, it is a strong indication of how ready the NPP is for the upcoming 2012 general election, and I call on all members across the country to take a cue from this constituency, and remain united, as we all fight for the single purpose of winning back power in 2012,” he noted.
He said that the party leadership had taken note of comments made by some sitting members of parliament (MPs) and parliamentary hopefuls, and that sanctions would be applied if they have to, after a thorough assessment of the matters.
He remarked, “The party will not sit down for any persons to derail Nana Akufo-Addo’s chance of winning the 2012 general election, because of their personal interests.”
“We paid dearly for that in 2008, and we will not sit down and watch as a few people push the party down to another painful defeat,” he said to another round of loud applause from the crowd.
He continued: “The energy and passion I see here today, tells me that the NPP is ready and steady for the battle ahead, and I congratulate every member here present, and others across the country for that.”
Newly elected polling station and constituency executives were also sworn in.
The Constituency Chairman, Theophillus Tettey, thanked Nana Akufo-Addo and Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey for coming to grace the occasion and sharing such rich words with them, and promised them on behalf of the rest of the constituency, that Ablekuma South would lead the fight for the party, going into the 2012 general elections.
Also present at the rally were Joe Appiah, MP for Ablekuma North, Sheik I.C. Quaye, MP for Ayawaso Central, Ursula Owusu, Boakye Agyarko, John Boadu, former National Youth Organiser of the party, and Lord Commey, former NPP National Organiser, among others.
Also present in their numbers were the Greater Accra Regional executive of the party, who also took turns to congratulate members of the constituency, for the much-anticipated unity.