The leader of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said that the party has to win the 2016 for the good people of Ghana.
He said there is no question about that and it is “neither for ourselves” nor the party but to help save the nation from what he described as “the disastrous Mahama NDC administration”
Nana Addo was addressing a large crowd of party supporters and sympathisers as a fund raising dinner dance held in his honour in London over the weekend.
Members and sympathisers of the party trooped in from around the United Kingdom (UK) with delegations from some of the European countries such as Germany, The Netherlands and Spain. There were also some Ghanaian associations in the UK who were represented.
Nana Addo noted that the party’s opponent in the forthcoming elections is the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and urged members to unite even more than ever as the task would be easier if they were together.
The NPP leader expressed the view that the NPP tradition has emerged as the most formidable political party in Ghana and this is evident by the eight years of Agyekum Kufuor’s administration which gave the country the best form of government of the fourth republic if not the entire history of Ghana and adding that the party was not about to throw away this proud heritage.
“We shall not forget one thing. We are the heir of the noblest tradition in Ghanaian politics and the most durable. Our tradition has survived deaths, detentions and exiles during the first republic. It has survived military takeovers of the country’s history and out of it all it has emerged as the most formidable political party in Ghana with the clearest message of freedom, progress and prosperity,” he observed
He said the 2016 general elections are there for the party to win indicating that the NDC government has nothing to campaign on and urged members to take the party’s message to every village, every town and to all supporters as well as to those who are indifferent and even to those who do not support the party.
Nana Addo noted that the NPP was ready to win the elections to form a very transparent and honest government promising that he will not let them down.
He congratulated all members of the party around the globe for their hard work. “I know that often it is the unsung, unmentioned, unrecognised people who do the real job.”
He expressed his eagerness to earnestly start the campaign to win the elections. “I have never been afraid of hard work and I am itching to go all out. We will contest in every corner of the country and will win,” he stressed. He reiterated that he will announce his campaign team at the 2015 national delegates’ conference in Sunyani on the 19th of December this year.
He observed that in Ghana, political parties would have to worry about things that would not be normally considered as part of campaign expenditure such as protecting ballot, making sure those who want to vote for the party are able to vote, making sure the counting is real and the documentation reflects what is in the ballot box. “We have to make sure there are no ‘twenty seven zeroes’ again on any pink sheet,” adding that such make elections in this part of the world very expensive and commended the UK branch of the party for the initiative.
The NPP leader urged members not to be dispirited about what they hear about the internal wrangling, as much of them are exaggerated “and we now have good reason to believe that some of these are instigated from outside the party.” He said efforts were being made to bring sanity into the party.
In attendance were the wife of the Flag bearer, Mrs Rebecca Akufo Addo, former Finance and Educational Mister Mr. Yaw Safo Marfo
the Member of Parliament for Dome – Kwabenya Miss Adwoa Safo.