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General News of Monday, 6 July 2015

Source: citifmonline.com

Talensi election will test NPP, NDC popularity – Akufo-Addo

The 2016 flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, has stated that the outcome of the July 7 Talensi by-election will determine the popularity of the two major political parties in Ghana.

According to him, the NPP is ready to come back to power in 2016 and is working vigorously to wrestle power from the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).

“It will be the best signal to the world that indeed, the elephant is on the move, the elephant is on the move! God willing, in 2016, the elephant will be back in Jubilee House,” he said.

Speaking at a rally to climax campaign activities in the area ahead of Tuesday’s by-election, Nana Addo explained that the NPP is ready to come back to power after eight years in opposition because “we have a plan and a programme for the development of our nation.”

This plan, he said, will create jobs for the youth in the country as well as “improve our agriculture and strengthen our farmers.”

As the people of Talensi head to the polls on Tuesday to elect a new Member of Parliament (MP), the NPP flag bearer was confident that his party will retain the seat.

“On Tuesday the message will go out to the people of Ghana that the NPP will be retaining the Talensi seat… the NPP is on its way to victory,” he declared.
Meanwhile President John Mahama has also stated that the outcome of by-election will play a dress rehearsal for the general elections.

He said the election is very important because “it is a dress rehearsal for 2016. Talensi is the dress rehearsal, the thermometer and the barometer for 2016.”

The Talensi constituency has been the center of attention this past week as a result of the upcoming by-elections.

Party bigwigs in both the NDC and the NPP have pitched camps in the constituency to campaign for their respective candidates to win.

The President, John Mahama; his Vice, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur and other party executives were present at the final rally on Sunday.

The NPP is being led by its flag bearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, and other party executives as well.