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Opinions of Monday, 21 November 2016

Columnist: Adofo, Rockson

NPP should be cautious of 'vote against NDC and Mahama' campaign message

The urge of wariness against the campaign message of “Vote against President Mahama and the NDC” by NPP faithful and all those clamouring for a change of government from NDC to NPP descended upon me like a possessed person on Thursday, 17 November 2016 while I was in the middle of enjoying my breakfast. I had to put away the food to cogitate about why that message had come to bear heavily upon my mind.

Not long into cogitation about it when the answer was revealed to me. It was all about avoiding the repeat of the tricks NDC people played on the minds of people, especially on the elderly, the village folks and the unlettered.

In some years back when the NDC went into the rural areas, thus, the hinterlands, on their campaign trails, they would trick all those determined to vote NPP how to do it. By their tricks, they were rather getting them to vote for the candidate(s) of the NDC.

In the electioneering era of Rawlings as the presidential-candidate of NDC who was being challenged by then NPP presidential-candidate Kufuor, the NDC urged the illiterate folks or the elderly who despised Rawlings and wanted him off the presidency how to vote to get rid of him. They told them that on the ballot they would see the pictures of all the aspiring presidential candidates and the logos of their parties. As we want President Rawlings out, by trying to bring in Mr Kufuor, where you see the picture of Rawlings, thumbprint it while saying, the devil get away from us (“obusueni firi ye so k3”), they would advise the uneducated rural folks.

They kept doing the same trick on them during candidate Mills’ time.

The NDC campaigners make their targets believe that by thumb printing the column where the candidate they don’t want to be in power is, they are actually voting to get rid of such candidates without knowing that they are rather voting for such candidates as against those they had wished to vote for.

This is why NPP campaigners with myself inclusive, should desist from saying, “vote against President Mahama and NDC on 7 December 2016” (“mo nto nntia Oman panin Mahama ne NDC”) but rather, “Vote for Nana Akufo Addo and NPP” (“Mo nto ma Nana Akufo Addo ne NPP”). Then explain to the audience that where you thumb print is the person or party you are voting to bring in as your future president or MP but not as the NDC have tricked them to believe in the previous years.

Who knows if NDC is again not fooling the illiterates in the villages with the same tricks as explained above?

God reveals to redeem so please, we must explain to our audience and supporters how to vote for Nana Akufo Addo and NPP parliamentary candidates.

The wind for change is blowing and turning into a hurricane as it moves along. This is frightening the NDC hence their desperation to grease their propaganda machines with more lies but as long as God lives, it will not wash.

Is my point taken on board, oh dear Ghanaian masses who are eagerly aspiring to vote to bring about the change of government from NDC to NPP for our common good?

Please, let us tell our listeners and the electorates when we are on our campaign trails that they are to vote for Nana Akufo Addo. We are also to tell them how their vote is to be effected.

The battle is still the Lord’s with the “third time lucky” proverbial factor playing in favour of Nana Akufo Addo, the reminiscent of Joseph, Moses and David of our time. As Joseph outlived all odds to bring his people out of hunger into Egypt; Moses liberating his people from slavery under the hands of the Egyptian Pharaoh, and David liberating the Israelites from the domination of the oppressive Philistines by killing Goliath, so shall Nana Akufo Addo be and do for Ghanaians.

Therefore, we have the obligatory duty as wise citizens of Ghana to vote for him en mass without falling for the trickeries by President Mahama and the NDC.

This message comes to you from a member of the “Mahama Must Go” movement.

Rockson Adofo