Nana Addo Is Bold And Decisive
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has urged Ghanaians to vote for President Akufo-Addo, come December 7, for another four-year term because he is decisive.
The party says there was no measure of doubt the boldness of President Akufo-Addo in taking strong decisions as a leader, as opposed to former President Mahama.
Addressing a press conference in Accra yesterday, the Deputy Campaign Manager for the NPP 2020 elections, Dr Mustapha Hamid, said only bold and deceive leaders could change the fortunes of a nation in a ditch, as Akufo-Addo had done.
“The point I am making is that it takes bold, decisive and visionary leadership to turn around the fortunes of a country whose economy was in a ditch,” he remarked.
Dr Mustapha Hamid, who is the Minister for Innercity and Zongo Development, reminded Ghanaians that this NPP government came into office at a time when another government had thrown its hands up in despair.
He said the previous Mahama administration had run to the International Monetary Fund for a bail out, and for what he quoted as “policy credibility.”
According to him, the first task of any government should be to establish credibility in itself and in its ability to manage the affairs of the country.
He described it as a massive dent on the sovereignty of a country if its government looked for credibility from external sources.
As such, he called “on Ghanaians in this 2020 election cycle to choose credibility over a lack of credibility. Indeed, this country had so lost its sense of credibility that it had to import plantain to feed its people.”
Dr Hamid was speaking on the leadership qualities of both President Akufo-Addo and former President Mahama.
Mr John Mahama and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo are seeking a return to the office of the President of Ghana for their respective political parties.
Communicators of both parties have set out to campaign on the records of their candidates, with both parties claiming the opposite candidate had performed abysmally. In fact, from 2015, the NPP had tagged Mr Mahama as incompetent, while the NDC says Akufo-Addo is running a family and friends government.
The NPP bases it on the power crisis, corruption, mismanagement of the economy among others, to conclude Mr Mahama could not be trusted with another term.
On the contrary, the NPP told the media the implementation of the Free Senior High School policy, Planting for Food and Jobs, and over all, the management of the Coronavirus pandemic, placed President Akufo-Addo higher over Mahama.
The NPP says it still could not understand why Mr Mahama was promising new things, when he could not account for what he made of the opportunity he had as president.
Thus, “we invite our major opponent not to carry on as if he is a new candidate. Let him have the courage to own his 2012 manifesto and tell us what he did with the 2012 mandate. That is the only way he can justify inviting us to interrogate a new manifesto.”
“We are saying that, among the two leading contenders in this election, only Akufo-Addo has demonstrated credibility, and, therefore, who alone Ghanaians should trust with their mandate,” Dr Mustapha asserted.
He continued: “It is not for nothing that we titled our manifesto, Leadership of Service. We believe that leadership should be for the service of the people. And everything that we have done these past three years has been absolutely in service to the people. Thanks to the leadership of President Akufo-Addo, our country is on the move. We have moved from annual growth rates of 3.6% to 7.0% under the Presidency of Nana Akufo-Addo.
“We have moved from the average 1.6% of annual GDP per capita growth to 4.7%annual GDP per capitagrowth rate under Nana Akufo-Addo. We have moved from 1.1% average growth rate of exports to 14.9%annual growth rate of exportsunder President Nana Akufo-Addo.
“We have moved from inflation rates of 15.4% in 2016 to meet the Central Bank’s inflation target range of 6-10% in 2018 and 2019. We have moved from annual manufacturing value added growth rates of 2.1% to the average 6.7%annual manufacturing value addedgrowth under President Nana Akufo-Addo.”