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Politics of Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Source: GNA

Akuffo Addo mobbed in Eastern Region

Mpraeso, July 5, GNA - Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo, Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the 2012 elections received a rousing from the residents of Mpraeso as he began his nation- wide campaign from the Eastern Region.

The eight- day tour dubbed 93listening campaign" would take Nana Addo to constituencies such as Afram Plains North, Afram Plains South, New Abirem, Atiwa, Fanteakwa, Suhum, Mpraeso and Abetifi, where he had already visited.

Nana Addo was accompanied by Mr Lord Commey, Director of Operations for the campaign, Mr Kwabena Boakye Ayrako, Campaign Manager, Mr Seth Acheampong, Member of Parliament (MP) for Mpraeso, and all the regional executive of the party.

From Nkawkaw through Atibie, Mpraeso, Bepong, Obemeng, and other communities, Nana Akufo Addo was mobbed by a joyous crowd of women, both young and old, who sang party songs to welcome him.

Nana Addo interacted with petty traders, market women, shoppers and commuters, shaking hand and tapping every shoulder that came his way.

Nana Akuffo Addo, who lost the 2008 election, told the crowd that he came to announce his readiness and determination to work hard to recapture power in 2012 from the National Democratic Congress (NDC), in order to bring back hope and smiles to the majority of Ghanaians.

He expressed optimism in winning the 2012 election and urged the people to pray for him for good health.

At Ntomam, a farming community in the Mpraeso constituency, which has one of the biggest market centres in the Kwahu South District, Nana Akuffo Addo interacted with the market women and appealed to them to vote for the NPP, come 2012, to continue the good work of former President Kufuor.

He assured them that when he becomes president, he would focus on rural development, with the construction of feeder roads, rural electrification, infrastructure, school blocks, food security and poverty reduction, as his major priorities.

Nana Akuffo Addo also visited the Atibie government hospital where he interacted with the nurses, doctors and patients and assured them of the commitment of the NPP government to ensure the effective operation of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

He said the NPP government, led by the former president Agyekum Kufuor, introduced the NHIS to make health care accessible to every Ghanaian, but criticised the current government for not doing enough to make the scheme work effectively as expected.

Nana Akuffo Addo said the NPP was the only party that could change the fortunes of the country.