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General News of Friday, 4 November 2016

Source: Graphic.com.gh

Election 2016: Akufo-Addo cautions against complacency

The Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party(NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has cautioned Ghanaians against complacency regarding the agenda for change but to turn out in their numbers on December 7 to vote the NPP into power.

He said it was not enough to say the elections were decided if Ghanaians failed to turn out in their numbers on election day.

“When you come out to vote, no evil force, no demonic entity or machination can prevent the victory of the NPP,” he said. Nana Akufo-Addo said this when he addressed a mini-rally at Denkyira Obuase in the Upper Denkyira West Constituency on the second day of his tour of the Central Region.

He added that the agenda for change had been ordained and sanctioned by God who had heard the cries and suffering of his people. He said cocoa production was the mainstay of the economy of the area for which reason former President Kufuor instituted a number of initiatives to provide incentives to cocoa farmers to motivate them to produce more.

Restoration of bonus to cocoa farmers

He assured the people not to be worried and that under his presidency, bonuses that were paid cocoa farmers which had been cancelled by the NDC administration would be restored and the pride and prestige that came with cocoa farming would be restored.

His administration, he said, would not be discriminatory against any cocoa farmer regardless of their political affiliation. He added that the NPP was poised to provide a national leadership with the ordinary Ghanaian in focus and not to prosecute a parochial political agenda that would favour only a few, as has been the case of the NDC. He said it was clear that President Mahama lacked a proper understanding of democracy and that was evident in his comment on campaign platforms that he(Nana Akufo-Addo) should stop begging the people of Ghana to vote for him.

Nana Akufo-Addo said democracy, said to be the rule of the people, for the people and by the people, placed ultimate power in the hands of the electorate.

“The power belongs to the people and I will never stop begging them to entrust that power into my hands to restore hope to the people of Ghana,” he said. He expressed appreciation to the people for their continued support for the party in past years and urged them to carry the support a step higher by turning out in their numbers and voting the NPP into power.

Michael Nsowah-Djan

The parliamentary candidate for the area, Mr Michael Nsowah-Djan, said he was worried about the worsening plight of the people of the area as a result of the mismanagement of the national economy by the NDC. He also stated that the economic vibrancy of the area had given way to dwindling prosperity and a daily worsening of the lot of the people.

Change, he said, could only come if the people stayed committed to that agenda and demonstrated it by voting massively for the NPP. He indicated that Ghanaians had become despondent but that was not unexpected because of the glaring loss of focus on the part of the government.

He, therefore, assured the people that the only means to restore hope was to vote for change that would make Nana Akufo-Addo president and him their Member of Parliament.

We need every single vote

At the Upper Denkyira East Constituency, Nana Akufo-Addo told a huge gathering of people that he was not surprised by the extraordinary turnout, since the people of the area had shown their avowed commitment to the party at all times.

He added that in Election 2016, there was no room for mistakes and as such it was important that no single vote was lost in the quest for change.