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General News of Thursday, 24 November 2016

Source: citifmonline.com

Mahama is a novice in democracy – Akufo-Addo

The presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has described President John Mahama, as a novice in Ghana’s democracy .

Addressing supporters at the Upper West regional campaign rally in Wa, Nana Akufo-Addo said, “the president doesn’t understand what democracy is all about, democracy means that the power in our country is in the hands of you the people of Ghana.

You are the sovereign; you are those who hold the sovereign power of our nation.” “If I am seeking on your behalf to exercise that power for your presidency, do I not have to plead with you?” He quizzed in reaction to comments made by the president that he is going round begging for votes.

Adult education

Nana Akufo-Addo said apart from the Free Education that will give equal opportunities to Ghanaian children to secure their future, an Akufo-Addo government will “revive the *Adult Education programme* to make it possible for those of us who are grown-ups but for some reason do not have the opportunity to go to school.” This, he said, will help the nation move forward.

Inclusive governance

The NPP presidential candidate reiterated his promise of an inclusive government.

“We have a programme of national redevelopment that is going to touch all parts of our country and respect everybody; abled or disabled, marginalized and those included. We are going to make a new Ghana where everybody is included in the forward march of the country.” “God-willing when we come, we are going to build a new Ghanaian civilization, which will be the light of Africa and the wonder of the world,” he added.

Tribal politics

Nana Akufo-Addo said tribalism should not be entertained in our body politics but that which is based on policies. He said while the NPP have good plans to develop Ghana, “others are talking tribal language, they want to send us back; setting tribe against tribe, setting north against south”. Is that what we want in Ghana?” he quizzed. He described that as “reactionary and politics of yesterday”.

He said what is needed is a united people that will move Ghana forward, and not politics of division.

Present at the rally were the NPP vice presidential candidate, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia; former Trade Minister, Alan Kyeremanteng; aide to Nana Akufo-Addo, Mustapha Hamid; the National Organiser and acting General Secretary, John Boadu; and the National Women Organiser, Afisa Otiko Djaba.