Edward Mahama, Presidential Candidate of the People’s National Convention (PNC), has introduced “New Beginning”, “New Ideas” and “New Force” as its campaign message to Ghanaians to maintain peace before, during and after the elections.
He said “New Beginning” refers to how the PNC government would revolutionalised agriculture on all fronts and using “New Ideas” to modernise agriculture through the active participation of the youth to make a productive change in the agricultural sector and reduce unemployment.
Dr. Mahama was stating policies and programmes that the PNC government would implement if voted to power in the 2016 general elections, during separate courtesy calls on Alhaji Yakubu Issahaku, Regional Chief Imam, and the Maulvi Masroov Muzzafar Ahmad Shahib at the Ahmaddiya Mission in Wa on Wednesday.
The PNC Presidential Candidate was on a three day “thank you tour” of Upper West Region, and also to give his message to the Party’s supporters towards the forthcoming general election.
Dr. Mahama urged the youth to use their thumb to effect a change of government in this year’s elections and help fight corruption to enhance development.
He noted that his year’s election was a dangerous one because there has been some disagreement about the voters register while corruption and violence had also characterized the Ghanaian social, economic and political globe.
He entreated Ghanaians to vote out political parties which would splash money on the electorate during campaigns in order to win the elections, saying: “Let us resist the temptation of monetary gains and vote for prosperity for our children”.
Alhaji Yakubu Issahaku, Upper West Regional Chief Imam, said the concept of peace has become high during this election year because it is the prerequisite for development.
He therefore appealed to political party leaders and their supporters to educate the youth during their campaigns to sustain the prevailing peace before, during, and after the elections.
The Regional Chief Imam expressed concern about the reckless and life risking motor ridding among the youth during the visits of Presidential candidates of the various political parties leaders, which had resulted in the death of several youth in the communities while others also got themselves maimed.
He said death was a mistake beyond human correction and advised the youth to maintain peace for the 2016 to enable them reap the benefits of their labour.
“Every Ghanaian has a special place for Ghana in his or her heart and let us all work for Ghana,” he advised, adding: “You need good health to be able to contribute your quota towards the development of Ghana”.
Mr. Bernard Mornaah, National Chairman of the PNC, said this year’s election was not about National Democratic Congress (NDC) or New Patriotic Party (NPP), but about unemployment among the youth, farmers unable to feed their families, parents unable to pay for their children school fees and retirees incapable to hold brief for their families among others.
He described Dr. Edward Mahama as a visionary leader who came out with the idea of the National Health Insurance Scheme and School Feeding Programme among others, which had been being badly implemented by the government.
He urged Ghanaians to consider the 2016 elections as an issue of ensuring the betterment of Ghana and not that of NDC and NPP.