Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has averred that the people of Ghana could face possible economic hardships if the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is again kept, in opposition after the December general elections.?


Mr. Kufuor said the opposition NPP can boast of the best candidate in the person of Nana Akufo-Addo in the contest for the presidency because he has been tried and tested, appealing to Ghanaians to revisit their conditions of life in choosing a leader in the December elections.

Ex-president Kufuor was speaking at t the Second Danquah Institute’s Liberty Lecture in Accra. According to him, he has no doubt the NPP flagbearer is the most rounded and experienced on the field and has tried and tested team of would-be ministers.
?Most of them I worked with in government and I can vouch for them.?

He said the ruling government has failed to translate the opportunities of peace, oil discovery and international goodwill into palpable development for all with people desperate to feel the much touted stability in macro economic statistics, indicating that he is more than?convinced that the NPP has the formidable programme to move the country forward and with the best candidate and a competent team to deliver the needs of Ghanaians.

He urged Ghanaians to place the NPP side by side the NDC and they will realise that in terms of a party that values the wellbeing of the people, it is the Danquah-Busia tradition because they have always had candidates with ?the capacity, vision, programme, competence to deliver.?

?This year?s election is a verdict of Ghanaians of the last four years. It?s about the future of all Ghanaians? Let the nation look at the record of NPP and other parties. Let the nation look at the many promises which are unfulfilled, especially in current times.

?God willing Nana Akufo-Addo will be president in 2013,? he declared to a rapturous applause by partisan New Patriotic Party big wigs and supporters.
The theme for the lecture, ?Development in Freedom: Empowering the People to Develop the Nation,? saw Mr Kufuor?touting the credentials of the NPP flagbearer as a “more rounded and experienced” leader whose track record in public service is evident for all to see.

The NPP leader, Kufuor stated brought Millicom Ghana into the country in the early 90s paving the way for other mobile telephone companies to come to Ghana, averring that?the NPP is a party whose ideology of property owning democracy has been misconstrued for many years.

Refuting allegations that the NPP’s ideology is elitist, Mr Kufuor indicated that the property owning democracy is to spread wealth to as many people as possible.


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