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General News of Friday, 19 December 2008

Source: GNA

Nduom thanks CPP for sacrifice

Accra, Dec. 19, GNA - The Nduom for President 08 Campaign Team led by the presidential candidate of the Convention People's Party (CPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, has embarked on a nation-wide tour to thank CPP members, executives and Parliamentary Candidates for their sacrifice, cooperation and efforts.

Already, the tour has taken Dr Nduom and his team to the Greater Accra, Volta and Eastern Regions, according to a statement from the Campaign.

It said at all the stops, Dr Nduom asked the people to feel encouraged even though the votes the CPP obtained were disappointing. According to Dr. Nduom, "our Party has demonstrated that it can attract goodwill and excite the people. We now need to build a greater sense of purpose, unity, discipline and obtain the resources we can use to become a party Ghanaians can entrust the administration of the country to in the near future."

He asked them to consider that a year ago, not too many people would have considered the CPP to be one of the leading contenders in the race for the Flagstaff House. "But during this year's campaign, the Party has been given serious attention and recognition. With a great message, perseverance, consistency and a peaceful, purposeful campaign, we were considered a force to reckon with.

"In many cases, the CPP was considered a rising third force and a potential king maker. Even as the country prepares for the run-off election, the CPP remains in the centre of attention as its influence is actively sought by the two parties still in contention." Dr Nduom asked the people to go and find and hold the 400,000 people registered with the Party and give them sufficient reasons to become active and develop the loyalty necessary for them to become reliable foot soldiers for the CPP now and in the future. The statement said the members recounted the difficulties they faced in catering for the needs of the Party supporters and instances where delays in providing funds for polling agents led to some abandoning their stations.

It said other members and key supporters were alleged to have shifted camp during the last two weeks of the campaign when the NDC and NPP people went around to deliver various incentives to voters. The executives asked Dr Nduom and the Party to work hard to compete favourably in all of these areas the next time.

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