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Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has taunted President John Evans Atta Mills once again, saying the President has not been able to fulfill a single campaign promise since his election as President of Ghana.
“President Mills in the run-up to the 2008 elections said so many things and made a lot of promises but almost two years into his reign, he has not been able to fulfill a single promise.”
Nana Akufo-Addo made the statement at Madina, a suburb of Accra at the weekend when the NPP held a mini rally organized by the Madina Abokobi Constituency. Some of the party’s stalwarts were all present at the rally which formed part of the NPP’s strategy to assess its preparedness for the 2012 general elections.
Nana Akufo-Addo said former President John Agyekum Kufuor laid a solid foundation for accelerated development of the country but the President Mills-led National Democratic Congress (NDC) government had come to put aside all the good things of the NPP administration. “I know the level where President Kufuor took this country to but it is not the exact continuation that we see today under President Mills.”
He said, “In the run-up to the 2008 elections, there were people in this country who said there was too much hardship but today what do we see under the same people who were complaining?”
Turning to the NPP family, Nana Akufo-Addo said it was not true that he had already made his mind about who was going to be his running mate for the 2012 contest, saying he was ready to partner whoever was selected by the party.
He also said that since the NPP amended its constitution to enlarge its electoral college, there had been renewed energy by the members of the party to work harder and added that the only hurdle left to clear was to select the party’s parliamentary candidates without any rancor so that Ghanaians would know that the NPP was ready to resume the reins of government. “We should remain resolute and united and commit ourselves to working hard to bring the NPP back into office.”
Sheikh IC Quaye, former Greater Accra Regional Minister and MP for Ayawaso Central, said the NDC did not have any real issue to talk about that was why they were engaging in smear campaign against the NPP flagbearer. He said Nana Akufo-Addo could never be a drug baron as being peddled about by the NDC and called it wicked and dirty.
Ken Agyepong, MP for Assin North, said despite claims by the NDC that it was working, the reality on the ground was that that ruling party had failed woefully and the condition of Ghanaians was worsening. “The NDC promised to take care of the less privileged in society but the situation is that the people are suffering. There is too much hardship.”
Scores of NPP stalwarts took turns to address the enthusiastic crowd.
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