General News of Thursday, 6 December 2012
Source: Daily Graphic
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Wednesday rounded up its political campaign for Friday's election, with a declaration by President John Dramani Mahama that God would grant the NDC victory in the election.
He said the victory would be dedicated to the memory of the late President John Evans Atta Mills, who had initiated the Better Ghana agenda and laid the foundation for socio-economic development of the country.
The rally held at the forecourt of the Trade Fair Centre in Accra, was attended by thousands of NDC supporters dressed in the party's colours.
The arrival of President John Dramani Mahama and his wife, Lordina, to the rally ground electrified the atmosphere, with members blowing the vuvuzela and raising their handkerchiefs, NDC flags and umbrellas amidst the shout of 'ede bee keke, one touch'.
President Mahama, who is the presidential candidate of the NDC, walked to the stage in the company of his wife, both of whom were in red tops and black trousers, to greet the ecstatic crowd.
Thereafter, he raised his index finger up to signal one-touch victory for the NDC in the election.
Traders also cashed in to sell the NDC paraphernalia, including T-shirts, caps, hand bands, head gear.
In his address, President Mahama thanked all the foot soldiers and the party executives for the focus and singleness of purpose with which they had conducted "the short but aggressive campaign."
He asked them to maintain the focus and the singleness of purpose as they went into the election by being vigilant on election day.
"Elections are won or lost on the voting day. You have to police the polls, be vigilant and ensure that everything is done according to the law," President Mahama said.
He was optimistic that "if everything is done according to the law, the NDC will win the election."
The President said the government had discharged its duties fully in terms of the provision of resources and financing for the Electoral Commission (EC) to conduct the election.
Besides, he said, the government had supplied the security services with vehicles and communication gadgets to support them to provide security and prevent disturbances during the election.
He, therefore, expressed the hope that the EC would conduct the election in a free, fair and transparent manner.
He again asked the security agencies to provide a peaceful atmosphere for the electorate to cast their ballot.
President Mahama promised to be a unifier, peaceful, humble and listening President since he received such training from President Mills who was his mentor, teacher and father.
He said he would be the needle to sew Ghanaians together, irrespective of political, ethnic or religious affiliations.
On the proposed free education policy of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), President said he wanted to restrict himself to the provision of the 1992 Constitution which calls for efforts to progressively make senior high and tertiary education progressively free.
He said the NDC wanted to ensure quality in the educational sector and make efforts to make education more affordable to parents.
In a brief statement, Vice-President Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah Arthur, who arrived from Assin Fosu to the rally ground, said the people of the Central Region had asked him to inform President Mahama that they would give him their votes.
The National Chairman of the NDC, Dr Kwabena Adjei, declared that "God will speak to the people of Ghana on December 7" by giving victory to the NDC.
He asked members of the NDC to ensure that their ballot papers were stamped before voting, because the NPP functionaries had decided not to stamp the ballot papers in strong holds of the NDC.
The General Secretary of the NDC, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, urged NDC members not to engage in any electoral violence or respond to any provocation.
Rather, he asked members to report any incident to the security personnel since they were mandated to ensure security.
Dr Cadman Mills, brother of the late President Mills, urged Ghanaians to vote for President Mahama, because he and the other family members of the late President Mills had trust in him.
He said the late President Mills had told him that "this is my Vice-President in whom I am pleased."
Dr Cadman Mills described President Mahama as a listener, an enhancer, a synthesiser and an integrator who could continue with the Better Ghana agenda.