Nana Akuffo-Addo addressing NPP supporters at Old Tafo

The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo and his running mate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, over the weekend, were given a rapturous welcome in the Eastern region, where Nana Akufo-Addo is embarking on a five-day tour to restore hope for the people of the region and at the same time introduce his running mate to them as the December general elections draw near.

Nana Akufo-Addo was accompanied by his campaign manager, Boakye Agyarko; operations director, Lord Commey; former finance minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo; regional executive members of the party; Member of Parliament for Abuakwa South, Samuel Atta Akyea and Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North, Prof Samuel Amoako as well as the new NPP parliamentary candidate for Abuakwa North, J.B. Danquah Adu.

His first port of call was the Abuakwa North constituency where he addressed massive durbars organized by the chiefs and people of Akyem Anyinasin, Old Tafo, Osiem, New Tafo and Kukurantumi.

The NPP flagbearer commended the people for showing keen interest in the just-ended registration exercise and asked them to come out in their numbers on December 7 and vote the President Atta Mills-led National Democratic Congress (NDC) government out because they had failed Ghanaians and not shown any proper and effective leadership which could bring the needed change in the lives of Ghanaians.

“In 2008, then candidate Mills stood on political platform and said the NPP government had burdened Ghanaians with high petroleum prices, high utility bills, high school fees, high public expenditure and that he would drastically cut down the cost of all these when elected president and now what do we see, prices of all these things going up astronomically or better still seeing unprecedented increases under his government,” he said.

“President Mills has shown that he is not capable of leading the country into prosperity and that he only came to deceive Ghanaians and must therefore be shown the exit in December for a competent government to take over.”

According to Nana Akufo-Addo, Ghanaians all over the country have lost confidence in the Atta Mills government and are really eager to vote what he described as ‘government of lies’ out of power for the NPP to come and restore hope for Ghanaians and move the country to the level it deserves.

He reiterated his promise to make secondary school education completely free since education is the basis for rapid development stressing that such promise is not mere rhetoric.

“If our opponents cannot implement free secondary school education, they should not say it is not possible. It is absolutely possible and we will do it,” he said to a thunderous applause by his audience, noting it was the same NDC skepticism that greeted the introduction of the National Health Insurance Scheme by the NPP.

The NPP flagbearer said he was very much concerned about the joblessness of the youth, explaining that that was why he decided to team up with an economic guru like Dr Bawumia to put the right economic policies in place to help create jobs for the teeming youth who are crying for jobs.

“Most of our youth who complete school do not get jobs to do which to me is unacceptable,” he noted.

He said he would make sure jobs are created for the youth and ensure that truth becomes the foundation of his government.

“We promise hope to Ghanaians. We are bringing the needed change to Ghanaians which make Ghanaians feel confident in themselves,” he said.

Nana Akufo-Addo used the occasion to inaugurate a newly-rehabilitated market at Kukurantumi which was undertaken by the NPP parliamentary candidate, J.B. Danquah Adu, who said the Atta Mills government does not have anything to show in the Abuakwa North constituency for which reason the party will lose miserably in the constituency.

Nana Akufo-Addo will continue his tour of the region in the New Juaben South and New Juaben North constituency today and then end it tomorrow in the Kade constituency.

 From Thomas Fosu Jnr, New Tafo

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