Scores of supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) turned out in their numbers amid shouts of ‘Eye Zu, Eye Za’ when President John Dramani Mahama arrived at the Kaneshie Market Complex in Accra yesterday as part of the his tour of the Greater Accra Region.
President Mahama began the second phase of his campaign tour on Monday with visits to the Kaneshie Market and rallies at the Okaikoi South, Ablekuma North and Okaikoi Central constituencies where he defended his record for re-election.
President Mahama met the leadership of the market women behind closed doors after which he came out to address the enthusiastic waiting crowd of people in an open-top vehicle.
He told the market women that Kaneshie, being the first modern market to be constructed in the country, did not experience as many challenges as the other markets in the city, but gave the assurance that the floods that usually swamped the market would soon be a thing of the past.
He stated that an interchange would soon be constructed at the Obetsebi-Lamptey Circle to help open up the Kaneshie storm drain to contain the floods that run through the market.
In response to their request for loans to expand their businesses, President Mahama said he had asked the leadership of the market to submit a list of traders who genuinely needed financial support for onward delivery to the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) for assistance.
President Mahama further promised the traders that he would ensure that the Kaneshie market and lorry park were asphalted for a comfortable work environment.
From Kaneshie, the President and his campaign team headed towards Bubuashie, still within the Okaikoi South constituency, where he addressed a rally at the Atico last stop.
Atiko Junction rally
Addressing NDC supporters, President Mahama said history was repeating itself when he recalled the manner in which Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah was called all sorts of names by members of the United Party (UP) when he embarked on infrastructural development in the country.
“The very people who condemned Kwame Nkrumah for his vision to develop this country are repeating the same thing today. When you build roads, they complain, when you build schools, they complain, when you build hospitals, they complain”, the President stated.
Defending his commitment to expand infrastructure, President Mahama said doing so opened job opportunities for Ghanaian artisans, and questioned why the New Patriotic Party (NPP) that was promising to create jobs in its campaign turned around to condemn the very projects that created jobs for the people.
President Mahama introduced the NDC parliamentary candidate for Okaikoi South, Mr Alexander Akuoku, to the supporters and asked them to vote for him.
President Mahama also addressed a rally at Darkuman where he introduced the NDC parliamentary candidate for Ablekuma North, Ms Sally Amaki Darko Attopee, and urged the people to vote massively for her.