Politics of Monday, 12 November 2012

Source: Daily Graphic

Four resume campaign

Three presidential candidates have resumed rigorous campaigning in the regions, as they approach the homestretch of the December polls, after suspending their political campaign to commiserate with victims of the Achimota Melcom Supermarket disaster.

President John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and Dr Michael Abu Sakara of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) all abandoned their campaign tours in various parts of the country and rushed to Accra to witness rescue operations at the Melcom Supermarket disaster spot and console families of the victims.

Having discharged their sympathies to the victims, the presidential candidates are back to rigorous campaigning with President Mahama returning to the Upper East Region last Saturday to continue his unfinished business, while Nana Akufo-Addo headed for Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital, to continue his campaigning.

President Mahama will be seeking to consolidate the dominance of the NDC in the region by reassuring the people of the ruling party’s continuous commitment to deliver on the needs of the region.

After participating in a thanksgiving worship in Kumasi, the second to be organised by the NPP ahead of the December elections, Nana Akufo-Addo will plunge into full-gear campaign in the Ashanti Region, which is considered to be the ‘World Bank’ of the party.

For his part, Dr Sakara resumed his campaign last Saturday, three days after suspending his campaign, as he storms the Eastern Region today touring Aburi, Nsawam, Koforidua, Suhum, Nkawkaw, Mpraeso and other areas in the region.

He is expected to address mini-rallies at the various polling stations and constituencies in the region.

A press statement issued by the CPP quoted Dr Sakara as saying that so far, his campaign message of a new way forward had gone down well with the electorate with whom he had been interacting over the past months.

Elsewhere, the five other presidential candidates have been criss-crossing the country to take their messages to the electorate as the clock ticks fast towards December 7.