General News of 2013-12-14

The cry in Ghana is ‘No Nana Addo, no vote’ – Ursula

New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Ablekuma Central, Mrs Ursula Owusu Ekufful, has replied party stalwarts who say the party’s 2012 flagbearer is incapable of attracting independent voters and must be changed.

She says the general cry in the country is that there will be no elections without the two-time defeated Presidential candidate of the opposition party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Mrs Ekufful was speaking on Joy FM and MultiTV’s news analysis programme, Newsfile, Saturday, December 14, 2013.

She was responding to comments by Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku this week dismissing suggestions that Nana Akufo-Addo be retained for the 2016 elections because he is well marketed.

Dr. Apraku, who managed the NPP candidate’s campaign in 2008, said the argument of Nana Akufo-Addo’s marketability was flawed.

"For any [person] to say that somebody is marketed; marketed by who? Whose standards? What is the basis of the assessment of that marketing”? he asked.

"I’ve taught a Marketing Course at the university level and my conception of Marketing is not just marketing; the measure of your success is how much you sell of that product. If we have marketed somebody, we should be winning elections; we should be making progressive increases in the margins [of victory],” he added.

But the Ablekuma Central MP said, “Having heard the sentiments from the majority of the people – and people have gone round listening to what the people are saying – the general cry out there is that no Nana no vote.”