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Politics of Thursday, 28 July 2016


Rawlings must campaign for Nana Addo - NDC member

A member of the Amsterdam Branch of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Vianney Kuubaea has called on former President John Rawlings to campaign for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo ahead of the 2016 general elections.

Mr. Kuubaea shares similar sentiments with Mr Rawlings, who believes his party- the NDC and its presidential candidate, President Mahama have disappointed Ghanaians and must, therefore, be voted out of power.

In a statement, a copy of which he posted on his Facebook wall, Vianney said, “it is dreadful to think of another four years under this NDC government and President Rawlings must therefore do the most patriotic thing of campaigning for Nana Addo to win the elections come December.”

That, he said, was because “Ghana deserves better than offered. And this season requires a leader like Nana Addo.”

He stressed that “President Rawlings must openly campaign for Nana Addo to be president in the upcoming elections.”

“Campaigning for the opposition leader to be president would be the most patriotic thing to do under the circumstances because the timing requires a new leader for the nation.”

Vianney, a die-hard Rawlings supporter, insisted that “Nana Addo must be supported by all well-meaning Ghanaians, especially President Rawlings since the defeat of the NDC will be a blessing not only to the nation but the party he founded after which he got ostracised.”

For him, “This will give the party the greatest opportunity yet to reorganise and project more credible persons for leadership in the 2020 elections.

“President Rawlings has taught me positive defiance. And if there is any moment to be positively defiant, then it is now for Ghana First. To be partisan at this material moment even in the face of failed leadership by the NDC will amount to ignoring the concerns of the suffering masses,” he emphasized.

According to him, “Nana Addo proved his worth even more after the 2012 general elections by opting for the courts, when he could use other options.

“We know most conflicts in Africa to be electoral related. But he spared us that ordeal. In fact in some countries the reasons for the conflicts are not as cogent as was presented in our Supreme Court by Nana and his party.

“But in the wisdom of our jurisprudence, the ruling went against him and that ended the matter. Nana, a lawyer and of good standing, understands this game very well. “He equally believes in the rule of law. All this we have taken for granted as a nation,” he noted.

He said “for Nana to be nominated three times consecutively to lead a big party like the NPP cannot be sheer luck on his part. For the voice of the people is said to be the voice of God. He therefore deserves our attention in the upcoming elections.

“And for this noble act by a noble man like Nana Addo, Ghanaians must see in him our best chances of going forward than in John Mahama, I am for Nana anyway.”

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