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General News of Monday, 20 November 2000

Source: Daily Graphic

NDC’s days are over - Kufuor

THE New Patriotic Party (NPP) at the weekend pulled what its presidential candidate, Mr J. A. Kufuor, described as the party’s biggest regional rally crowd, and said what is left is for the supporters to translate their support into voting on December 7 to remove the NDC from office.

Apparently moved by the milling crowd that converged at the vast Techiman Methodist School park for the Brong Ahafo Regional rally, Mr Kufuor, who had a tough time driving through thousands of the party supporters, shook his head when he mounted the platform at about 5.30 p.m. and said “the days of the NDC are over”.

He urged the people of the region to be proud of themselves for showing that they are fed up with the NDC Government’s misrule.

He said the huge attendance at the rally had dismissed the assertion by NPP’s detractors that it is a tribal party. I urge you all to go to the polling centres on December 7 and cast your votes for me and your parliamentary candidates to ensure that the party forms the next government”, he told the cheering crowd.

Mr Kufuor promised that the first term of an NPP Government would bring prosperity to the nation.

The NPP presidential candidate was not happy about the Electoral Commission’s statement that people can vote without photo ID cards.

He said it was not for anything that foreign donors sent so much money to the country to provide photo identity cards for voters.

Mr Kufuor said the upcoming elections are the most crucial in the history of the nation and everything must be done to make it free and fair.

The party’s presidential running mate, Alhaji Aliu Mahama, said the NDC’s tricks to win the Zongo votes have failed.

He promised transparent leadership by the NPP when it wins the elections.

The Minority Leader in Parliament, Mr J. H. Mensah, decried what he termed as an attempt by the government to use the military to intimidate the electorate in the elections.

He said the numerous military barriers mounted in the region show that the government is bent on putting fear into the opposition so that the NDC will have a field day in the elections.

Other speakers at the rally included the NPP national campaign manager, Mr Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey and the regional chairman of the party, Mr Kwadwo Yeboah Fordjour.

The party’s parliamentary candidates in the region were introduced to the gathering.