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General News of Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Source: Graphic.com.gh

Mahama, Akufo-Addo must brace themselves for the shock of their lives - Nduom

The flag bearer of the Progressive People's Party (PPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, has told his contenders, especially President John Mahama and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to brace themselves for the shock of their lives because he is in the race to win.

He said he was sure the voting population for the December 7 polls had accepted the PPP's idea of change and also bought into the party's 10-point agenda, adding, "This has made us the preferred third force to rule Ghana come 2017."

"The time is now and the hour is close. Let all voters rise up and show to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) that they cannot play with our future any longer," Dr Nduom told supporters of the party at different rallies in the Central Region.

Dr Nduom, who is expected to end his 2016 electioneering tour today with a rally at Elmina, said Ghanaians deserved better leadership, saying the PPP would deliver that to the citizens.

Earlier before the three rallies, he met with some groups and institutions, including the Community Health Nursing Training College at Winneba, where he presented to them the PPP's policies should the party win the election.

Among the policies Dr Nduom outlined to them were free education from kindergarten to senior high school level, eliminating preventive diseases and cutting down on government expenditure.

At the Nursing Training College, Dr Nduom assured them that his administration would not neglect their needs but will put in place mechanisms that would enhance their well-being.

He told them their allowances would be restored while their salaries would not be delayed.

Dr Nduom presented the school with four projectors to aid teaching and learning at the school. PPP to restore hope Dr Nduom said his party was determined to put in place "result-oriented" policies that would give Ghanaians hope and restore the confidence of investors in the economy.

He said the PPP would eliminate any barriers that might pose danger to the progress of the country's quest to attain its development goals.

Dr Nduom mentioned corruption and needless borrowing as some of the challenges slowing down Ghana's development agenda. According to Dr Nduom, issues that continued to affect the country's growth had nothing to do with resources but everything to do with leadership.

"We have everything we need to develop as a country. What is left is the right leadership and PPP will give you the right leadership," he stated.

Touching on the issue of peace and unity, Dr Nduom said the divisiveness among Ghanaians was as a result of the needless propaganda between the NDC and the NPP, saying only the PPP could unite the country.

"We do not engage in tribal politics and we are not asking people to vote for us because we are from a certain background. We are all Ghanaians and believe in unity and oneness," Dr Nduom noted.

Eastern Region tour Last Friday, Dr Nduom, together with party executives, stormed some parts of the Eastern Region as he rounded his campaign tour of that region.

He held four separate rallies at different constituencies where the PPP had good chances of winning a parliamentary seat.

Among the constituencies he toured was Ofoase Ayirebi where hundreds of supporters gathered to listen to him.

Dr Nduom appealed to the electorate to vote massively for him and his parliamentary candidates with a promise to build more factories to help address the unemployment situation in that region.