The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is wondering if President John Mahama has any idea about the unprecedented levels of economic difficulties and hardships the Ghanaian people have been plunged into under the two-term government of the National Democratic Congress.
According to Nana Akufo-Addo, President Mahama’s assertion in his State of the Nation Address delivered on Thursday, February 25, that the country’s healthcare delivery system had seen massive levels of improvement under his tenure proves that the President has lost touch with the concerns of the ordinary Ghanaian and the realities on the ground.
“Is Mahama living in Ghana with us?” the NPP flag bearer asked and added that “or, perhaps, he is living in a different country. We all know the difficulties and hardships that confront us in this country. He has no idea what Ghanaians are going through.”
Nana Akufo-Addo made this known on Saturday at Atimpoku in the Asuogyaman Constituency, while attending the final funeral rites of Nana Asafo Adjei II, ex-Krontihene of the Akwamu Traditional Area.
Stressing the importance of this election year to the chiefs and people of the Akwamu Traditional Area, Nana Akufo-Addo said the 2016 election was all about the future of Ghana, and urged the electorate not to be swayed by handouts aimed at influencing their choice on election day.
“This is a special year for Ghanaians. This election is not about GH¢10 or GH¢20 (handouts). It is about our future as a country. At this moment, access to education for all school-age children has become a headache for parents, because they cannot afford to pay fees for their children. When someone is sick, it becomes a heart-wrenching moment, because our healthcare system is in a mess. This is not the Ghana we want,” he stated.
He continued, “We in the NPP have done it before. In order to tackle the difficult economy the NPP inherited in 2001, President John Agyekum Kufuor put an able team together and, before very long, Ghana had become the success story of the continent. Akufo-Addo will do the same.”
The NPP flag bearer, therefore, urged the people of Atimpoku to give him the opportunity to turn the dwindling fortunes of Ghana around, so the country could be returned onto the path of progress and prosperity.
“Give me the opportunity and support me. Have confidence in me. This is my third attempt, and I am appealing to you to try me also, and, I can assure you that with God’s guidance, I will not disappoint you,” he added.
The NPP made a cash donation of GH¢2,000 to the family of the late chief.
Visit to Ningo Prampram
Earlier on Saturday, Nana Akufo-Addo visited the Ningo Prampram Constituency where he attended, at Ningo, the funeral of Madam Bertha Narkie Nyameasem, the late mother of Alhaji Ibrahim Nyameasem, aka “Small Boy”, CEO of Alinco Oil Co. Ltd, and at Prampram, the funeral of Madam Comfort Matekie Akita, mother-in-law of the NPP Volta Regional 1st Vice Chairman, Dr Archibald Letsa.
Nana Akufo-Addo was accompanied by his wife, Rebecca Akufo-Addo; former Mayor of Accra and member of the NPP Council of Elders, Nii Adjiri Blankson; former Greater Accra Regional Minister and former MP for Ayawaso Central, Sheikh I.C. Quaye; NPP Greater Accra Regional Secretary, Adjei Sowah; former NPP Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Mr Isaac Amoo; NPP Parliamentary candidates for the Ningo Prampram, Sege, Krowor and Asuogyaman constituencies, Sylvester Tetteh, Divine Otoo Agorhum, Naa Afoley Quaye and Kwame Adu Darkwa.