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Politics of Tuesday, 23 October 2012

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Akufo-Addo Cuts Spending

-Starves MPs and constituencies of Campaign Cash


Reports reaching The Al-Hajj reveal the 2012 flag bearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo, has drastically cut down on his campaign spending since the death of former president John Mills.
Since his selection in the late 2010 as the NPP’s presidential candidate for the 2012 polls, Nana Akufo-Addo’s high ambition of becoming president of Ghana seems to continue to dim against all odds.
Apart from the NPP flagbearer’s infamous ‘Yen Akan fuo, All-die-be-die and ‘winning power ‘at-all-cost’ mantra, which continue to dog his campaign, it appears that the Almighty God of Heaven and Earth is also deserting him.
The Al-Hajj had the unpleasant duty of publishing prophecies by prominent men of God over the last one and half years, pointing to the fact that, Nana Akufo Addo may after all never become president in his life time.
Another glitch to punch Nana Addo’s chances in the upcoming December polls was the untimely death of his then major contender and sitting president, John Atta Mills who died on the 24th July this year at the 37 Military Hospital.
President John Mahama’s unexpected and unstoppable soaring attractiveness over the last three months seems to have also send shivers down the spine of Nana Addo and the NPP.
It is in the light of all these factors, pointing to another colourless performance by the NPP flag bearer in the December elections, according to information gathered by this paper that has compelled Akufo-Addo to cut down heavily on his campaign spending.
An insider told The Al-Hajj that “it looks as if because our man’s (Nana Addo) chances continued to look bleak, he is not releasing campaign funds”.
According to our source, most NPP parliamentary aspirants are starved of campaign funds, citing the low key campaigning by the party across the country.
It would be recall that Nana Akufo-Addo run the most glamorous and most expensive political campaign in the 2008 elections compelling pundits to question his source of funding then.
However, not much in terms of classy and glamour has been seen of the Akufo Addo campaign this year.
The Al-Hajj intelligence sources indicate there is also a hush-hush discussion in some circles that key financiers of the NPP flagbearer’s 2008 campaign, who have been knocking on his doors, are unwilling to sink in more, especially as the demise of President Mills appears to have changed the terrain.

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