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Rawlings planning to destabilize Ghana -Kufuor
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General News of Monday, 23 October 2006

Source: jfm

Rawlings planning to destabilize Ghana -Kufuor

President John Agyekum Kufuor has accused ex-President, Jerry John Rawlings, of soliciting financial support abroad to destabilize the country.

The President made the charge while addressing a New Patriotic Party (NPP) rally to round off campaigning ahead of Tuesday’s Offinso South by-election.

He said the government had credible information that the Ex-President had appealed to the president of an oil rich country to support him financially to destabilize the country.

Th president failed to mention the name of the president nor the country.

Kufuor warned that the government had nothing against the Rawlings, however every force would be mobilized to deal with him if he attempted anything nasty.

The ruling NPP has an Accra-based medical practitioner, Dr. Owusu Achaw Duah on the party’s ticket.

Barbara Serwaa Asamoah, a 32-year-old student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology is contesting on the ticket of National Democratic Congress(NDC).

The Democratic People’s Party has not fielded a candidate.

Mr. Emmanuel Kwasi Addai, a teacher and one time District Chief Executive for the area during the administration of the NDC, is contesting as an independent and has urged the electorate to “open their eyes and minds” and vote massively for him so that they do not regret.

He said he has a good track record in the district, in addition to the fact that he was with them and knew their problems.

“The people know me and what I am capable of doing. I have been living in Offinso and I know all the towns as well as their problems. The people do not like NDC and are disillusioned by the policies and programmes of the NPP. I know they will vote massively for me come Tuesday.”

The aspiring MP called on the people to eschew hooliganism, vandalism, insults and other negative attitudes that could mar the election.

He denied speculations that the NPP hierarchy gave him 500 million cedis, a vehicle and 20 motorbikes for his campaign as a strategy to split votes of the NDC.

“I am popular with the people and I am going all out to win the election convincingly”.

The seat became vacant after the MP of the area, Kwabena safo died The late MP was buried on Saturday.

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