Two-time defeated presidential candidate of the Ghana’s New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Monday admonished Ghanaians to be patient and keep faith because Ghana will work again if the NPP is voted onto power in 2016. Nana Akufo-Addo said made the remarks when he filed his nomination papers at the NPP headquarters at Asylum Down in the capital Accra. Nana Addo was the fourth person to file his nomination papers for the party’s 2014 presidential primary, as the opposition party prepares for their December 2016 general elections. Many of the NPP Members of Parliament (MPs) defied the party’s order not to show open support for any of the candidates and accompanied Nana Akufo-Addo to the party office from his residence. Large numbers of NPP members and sympathizers massed up at the party headquarters to show support for the candidature of the man they believe can rescue Ghana from the economic hardship.
Responding to the crowd, Nana Addo reiterated his commitment to leading a united NPP as a necessary condition to securing victory from the government of the National Democratic Congress. He was met at the conference room of the party by General Secretary, Mr. Kwabena Agyepong, who, after studying the papers and acknowledging receipt of the GH¢75,000 ($25,000) filing fee presented by Nana Akufo-Addo, accepted the nomination documents as duly filed. He assured the General Secretary he was going to abide by the rules and regulations of the internal primary elections, as set out by the party, and will also ensure that his supporters do likewise.
Addressing journalists gathered at the NPP headquarters, Nana Akufo-Addo promised to serve the party well, saying he has the vision and experience to inspire and lead the NPP into victory come 2016. “Ghana will work again under my leadership” he said.
He further emphasized that the NPP has a dynamic and competent team to implement plans designed to transform the lives of the Ghanaian people and to develop in Ghana, a free, democratic, modern African state – one that can hold its own in a competitive world.
Nana Akufo-Addo also told the elated supporters that the entire nation is looking up to the NPP to offer the leadership that will rescue Ghana from a clueless and floundering NDC government. “Let’s get together and get Ghana working again,” he admonished his supporters. He assured the gathering that “the NPP is coming back to power in 2016, to continue from where President Kufuor left off.” He predicted the NPP’s return in 2016. “Akufo-Addo is the man for the future. Come high, come low we’re winning 2016,” he said.
Nana Akufo-Addo was accompanied by his running mate for the 2008 and 2012 elections, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and an entourage of MPs and party ‘heavyweights’.