Politics of Saturday, 17 November 2012

Source: Daily Graphic

Hassan Ayariga gets warm reception in Bawku

The Flag-bearer of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Mr Hassan Ayariga, received a rousing welcome to his traditional birth place of Bawku in the Upper East Region. This was after the PNC presidential candidate extended his campaign tour to the region after touring the Northern and Upper West regions.

Scores of supporters clad in T-shirts embossed with his photograph came to meet Mr Ayariga as he entered the town last Tuesday.

The supporters, mostly youth, were on motorbikes, in and on top of vehicles shouting the famous slogan of the party, “Two Sure, Two Direct”, as the convoy carrying the flag bearer entered the town.

The warm reception began at Tilli where Mr Ayariga made his first stop.

The PNC presidential candidate was mobbed as he descended from his vehicle to shake hands with people in the area.

At the Zebilla Market and Bazua, Mr Ayariga was again mobbed as he shook hands with traders and other pedestrians. At Bazua especially, there were shouts of “we want peace” by the youth that escorted Mr Ayariga along the street.

As his convoy drove through the main Bawku township, the tooting horns of vehicles and motorbikes became deafening.

Standing at the back of one of his campaign pick-up vehicles, Mr Ayariga waved at the people along the street as he made his first stop at the Bawku Naba’s Palace, where he went to greet the chief, Asigri Abugrago Azoka.

He then proceeded to the Naa Zangbeo Lab Pussa Palace to greet Naa Ibrahim Adam Zangbeo.

Here, Mr Ayariga asked for the blessing of the traditional ruler, as he contests the presidency. He introduced the PNC parliamentary candidate for Bawku Central, Awuni Aguuda Joseph, to the chief and people.

Later at a mini rally at the community centre, Mr Ayariga thanked the people for the warm reception accorded him and his entourage.

“I am grateful for the love you have shown me,” he told them, adding that whatever they did was for the betterment of the town and the country at large.

He said he was happy to be in Bawku, his place of birth. Mr Ayariga, therefore, told the people to believe in him as he was capable of delivering the presidency, saying that he was in the race to inspire them, no matter the difficulties.

“I shall go to the Castle with all of youth. I am not leaving any stone unturned until we make it to the Castle,” he told the enthusiastic supporters.

Leadership, he said, was about commitment and discipline and the transformation of the lives of the people.

Mr Ayariga said he knew the problems of the people and that when given the nod, he would make those problems things of the past.

“Hassan Ayariga believes in the politics of tolerance, love and transparency,” he said.

He later introduced Alhassan Karim, who he said was a member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) who had defected to the PNC.

Mr Karim in his address asked the people to vote for Mr Ayariga and the PNC. Before going to Bawku, Mr Ayariga wrapped up his tour of the Upper West Region by visiting some villages in the region.

They included Sakai, Kong and Wellembelle.

He told the people that the PNC would transform their lives when voted into the power.