General News of Tue, 16 Aug 201634
‘Mahama not in Western Region because of Nana Addo’ - Kofi Adams
Campaign Coordinator for the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Adams has dismissed assertions that the party’s flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama is deliberately beginning his campaign in the Western Region to discredit the message of the opposition New Patriotic Party’s Presidenital candidate, Nana Addo.
Nana Addo ended his five-day campaign tour of the region last Sunday where he received an overwhelming support with crowds attending his rallies.
Nana Addo canvassed for votes and made several promises including the creation of a new region from the Western Region.
Meanwhile, President Mahama who launched the NDC’s campaign last Sunday has begun a four-day campaign tour of the same region today [Tuesday].
There have been similar instances in recent times involving the two main contenders ahead of the December 7, polls.
But Kofi Adams while speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show said starting the campaign in the Western Region is strategic because it was planned ahead of their campaign launch.
“If it is about crowds then we would have gone to sleep after our campaign launch on Sunday. It’s not about crowd; it’s about our campaign strategy. We take the people of Western Region much more serious than Nana Addo does.
We take them more serious than anyone reducing them to a reactionary process.”
“We have a planned strategy to engage them and to demonstrate what it is that we have done, what we are doing and what we will do based on what we have done and doing. Its part of our strategy, we drew up this plan long before our launch and we are going to follow our plan accordingly,” he added.
On the issue of creation of new region, Kofi Adams said though he is not privy to such information he said the government is putting in place the Western Development Fund aimed at improving development in the area.
“I’m not part of such detailed discussions but I do know that the issue of Western Development Authority or fund was planned and it’s being worked on. If that is tantamount to creating a separate region I do not have the details.
But the truth from the ground is that the NDC has taken the Western very serious and you can see it in the investments that have gone on in that part of that country,” he added.