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Diasporian News of Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Source: Office of Professor Mills

Atta Mills Inaugurates Virginia NDC Chapter

Following the inauguration of the Massachusetts Chapter of the NDC, the NDC in Virginia is also basking in life, after the very dynamic and vibrant Chapter was inaugurated over the weekend.

As part of his tour of the United States, NDC Presidential Candidate, John Evans Atta Mills, inaugurated the Virginia Chapter of the party in Alexandria Virginia.

Defying the downpour, ecstatic members of the NDC, were present in their numbers at the auditorium of the Woodlum Methodist Church on the Richmond Highway as their Leader and Flagbearer was there to do them the honours.

Swearing in the NDC Executives of the Virginia Chapter, and giving his blessings to the Chapter, John Evans Atta Mills thanked them for keeping the flame of the NDC burning hundreds of miles away from home.

“You make me want to go catch the next plane back home and go and continue with my house-to-house campaign because if those of you out here are so energized the way I see you are, then those of us back home have no excuse not to work” the Leader of the NDC said.

John Evans Atta Mills, as much as he is confident that Ghanaians would give him the mandate to become the next President of the Republic, asked the Virginia Chapter not to relent on its efforts to continue to propagate the gospel of the NDC and to “win more souls for the party”.

“I have been here for nearly two weeks, and if the energy that I see burning in you is anything to go by, then I am left in no doubt that this Chapter would rival lots of the Chapters in terms of organization and ability to dig your feet into the ground and lift the NDC into the skies” John Evans Atta Mills said.

The NDC Presidential Candidate assured the Chapter that the NDC would leave no stone unturned so that the mistakes of 2004 are not repeated.

“I know that our efforts should have been crowned with success in 2004 but God’s ways are not our ways and so what happened, happened. We would however not let what happened in 2008 happen again and you can rest assured that Atta Mills and the NDC back home, would protect all the ballot boxes this time around” Atta Mills said.

On his part, the Chairman of the Virginia Chapter of the NDC, Francis Djamson, thanked Professor Mills for coming all the way for moving straight from the Homowo programme in New York to Virginia to inaugurate them and to give them his blessing

“We have been following your very hectic schedule and are very grateful that you have been able to add us to your schedule” Mr. Djamson said.

On Behalf of the Chapter, the Chairman also assured the Leader of the NDC that the inauguration ceremony was not going to be a cosmetic one and that the Chapter would make sure that whatever support that is within their reach to lend to the NDC, would be lent, so that Ghana would once again be the Ghana of Kwame Nkrumah that it used to be.

Chairman for the occasion, Rashid Ibrahim, advised the Chapter members to direct people to the John Evans Atta Mills’ website (, for them to be able to update themselves with the policy positions of the Flagbearer, as well as be abreast with the activities of the NDC Presidential Candidate.

MC for the day, Mr. Ben Mensah, who could not help being carried away by the excitement in the auditorium, sang the NDC’s anthem umpteen times and kept constantly referring to John Evans Atta Mills as “Mr. President” saying that, he can feel it in his marrow that it has been ordained that Atta Mills would be the next president of Ghana.

The Virginia Chapter has as its executives, Francis Djamson, Chairman, Idrissu Collison-Coffie, Vice Chairman, Apetsi Kumassah, Secretary, Desire Ankrah, Assistant Secretary, Simon Mawutor, Treasurer, Dede Defour, Assistant Secretary, Evans Asigbee, Organiser, Mathias Trumah, Assistant Organiser, Lena Sateklah, Women’s Organiser, Luffah Issah, Assistant Women’s Organiser, Hussein Collison-Coffie, Coordinating Secretary, Gladys Yawa Kpoh, Assistant Coordinating Secretary, Abdul-Aziz Bala, Ebenezer Boakye & Daniel Avetu, Financial Committee, Rashid Ibrahim, Ahmed Collison-Coffie, Hafsata Yakubu-Gallmon & Hassan Collison-Coffie, Board of Directors.