Leader of Ghana’s biggest opposition party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo has taken a jab at the Mahama led government, saying “things are not working right in Ghana.” The two-time failed presidential candidate said the country’s economy is in a terrible state and it will only take the NPP to re-shape it to attract both local and foreign investments.
Speaking at the launch of his third flagbearership bid on Tuesday at the Odododiodoo constituency in Accra, Akufo-Addo said: “Ghana should work again. And with me and the NPP and the people on our side, Ghana should work again.” He noted, “Our people are in pain and the international community is puzzled. Investors are worried and parents are in tears. We’ll put Ghana back to work. We’ll stabilize the Cedi (the local currency) and we’ve done it before. We’ll create environment for investors to succeed.” he told supporters.
Nana Addo said Ghana is well endowed but bad leadership is the reason for the country’s slow progress. “God did not create us here to be poor, It is bad leadership under NDC that has made us poor under their regime”
The septuagenarian told the teeming crowd that even though he is 70 years old, he has enough energy to contest the next election if his party’s delegates elect him for 2016. He said he is fit and ready and also keen to go into battle to wrestle power from President Mahama and the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
“I want to assure you all that Akufo-Addo is emotionally, intellectually, physically and patriotically strong enough to lead this party and our dear nation for a better future. “Ghanaians are looking to us to trust us with their mandate and looking forward to the NPP to restore hope and speed up development. Nothing will stray me from a clean campaign.” he said.
He admonished his followers to focus on the hazard the Mahama government is wreaking on Ghanaians as a motivation for working hard to bring him to power.
The former Foreign and Justice Minister under the John Agyekum Kufuor administration further slammed the NDC’s “Better Ghana Agenda” listing some areas that the government is performing terribly. He said access to healthcare, a declining currency, and youth unemployment are clear examples that the NDC government has failed to deliver on its promise for a better Ghana. “There can be no better Ghana so long us the NDC remains in power.” he stated.
About a 100 sitting Members of Parliament of the NPP graced the occasion to throw their weight behind the Akufo-Addo campaign as well as all the 34 constituency chairpersons of the party who declared their support for him. Nana Akufo-Addo is one of seven aspirants vying for the slot ahead of the 2016 presidential elections. He is expected to visit the Kantamanto and Okaishie markets and fraternize with market women and traders and will later meet all 34 NPP constituency chairpersons in the Greater Accra Region.
Several wings within the NPP have reportedly thrown their support for Nana Addo including the all the ten regional chairmen of the party.
Political scientists and poll experts in Ghana are also predicting an overwhelming victory for Nana Addo in the upcoming primaries in the face of the unprecedented support he continues to enjoy from NPP supporters placing the 6 other contestants at disadvantage.