General News of Monday, 1 September 2014
Two-time presidential candidate of the main opposition New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo, says the overwhelming endorsement of his third time flagbearership aspirations by delegates who voted on Sunday’s special congress gingers him on to wallop the governing party in 2016.
The former Attorney General garnered more than 80 percent of votes cast by about 740 delegates in the special congress meant to whittle down the number of seven aspirants to five, per the party’s constitution.
In his address after the polls, a jubilant Akufo-Addo said: “The overwhelming endorsement is truly humbling, I believe, that the party continues to remain emphatically united behind me”.
He urged his fellow contestants to close ranks with the party ahead of the 2016 elections saying: “We are all members of the great elephant family, and I trust that we will all work together to advance the cause of the NPP and, even more importantly, of mother Ghana”.
“I, myself, reemphasise my commitment to working for a united NPP, focused on a common opponent whom we must beat convincingly in the 2016 elections”, the former foreign affairs Minister said.
“Our nation must be put back again on the path to prosperity. Even though the work ahead will be arduous, I am confident that, together, we will answer the call of the Ghanaian people for a new beginning, a new path away from corruption, incompetence and mismanagement. The youth and people of our country need jobs, good education, quality healthcare, decent housing and an enhanced standard of living. Without running ahead of myself, I can say that an NPP government under my leadership will make these things a reality”, he noted.
“Together, we can rally the Ghanaian people to regain confidence in our future and to believe in the bright horizon and compelling prospects that await the Black Star of Africa. With purposeful leadership, we can claim our rightful position in the affairs of Africa and of the World. We cannot and will not fail the people of Ghana”, Nana Addo said.