The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says no single person within his party wants any harm to befall the President of the Republic, John Dramani Mahama, with some 16 months to the holding of the 2016 general elections.
According to Nana Akufo-Addo, contrary to the reasons given by the hierarchy of the Ghana Police Service in the Upper East Region that President Mahama will not be safe in Talensi should the NPP hold a rally on the same day as the ruling NDC, the NPP wants President Mahama alive and well, so Ghanaians can vote him out of power in 2016.
Nana Akufo-Addo made this known when he addressed a mammoth rally at Winkogo, in the Talensi constituency, on Sunday, July 5, 2015, signifying the end of official campaigning for all political parties ahead of the July 7 by-election.
“They did not want us to have this rally, but in the end we are having it. The Police said that because the President is here, he will not be safe if we have our rally. We want to tell the Police and Mr. President that there is nobody in the NPP who would want anything to happen to him,” Nana Akufo-Addo said to loud cheers from the thousands of NPP supporters and symapthisers who had congregated from Winkogo, Duusi, Tongo Nayiri, Gorogo, Gbani, Baare, Pwalugu, Balungu, Sheaga, amongst others, at the rally grounds.
He continued, “We don’t want anything to happen to him. We want him to be safe and well so that next year in December, we can have the pleasure of voting him out of power. Then, he can spend four years watching what a party with the plan and the programme can do to bring prosperity and upliftment to the Ghanaian people.”
Flanked by his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia; the NPP’s candidate for Talensi, Thomas Duanab Wuni; and the Upper East Regional NPP Chairman, Murtala Mohammed, Nana Akufo-Addo stated that victory in the Talensi by-election for the NPP “will be the best signal to the world that, indeed, the elephant is on the move and, God-willing, the elephant will be back in the Jubilee House in 2017.”
Akufo-Addo assured the people of Talensi, and, indeed, all Ghanaians that the NPP is coming back to power because the party has a plan for the development of all sections of the country.
This plan, he explained, is one that is going to bring jobs for the teeming masses of unemployed Ghanaian youth, improve the country’s agriculture, which will in turn strengthen Ghanaian farmers, and also develop Ghana’s industrial potential.
“That is the plan that we have to transform the lives of the people of Ghana and bring prosperity and progress to the Ghanaian people,” he said, adding that “our programme is not about propaganda, lies, stealing and the mismanagement of the affairs of the people of this country. We are for progress, development and improving the lives of the people of Ghana.”
In the estimation of Nana Akufo-Addo, Ghana, a country rich in human and natural resources, has her citizens being poor “because we have poor leadership.”
When Ghana gets good leadership, he said, “like we saw in Kufuor’s time, we can see what it does in improving the economy and standards of living of the people of our country. And that is why we are coming back.”
He assured the people of Ghana that the NPP is coming back not to steal the money of the people of Ghana.
“I am not into politics to enrich myself. That is not why I am in politics. We are coming to serve the people of Ghana because we know that with good, honest and competent leadership, we can make this country into what it was destined to be – a rich, powerful and progressive nation, the Black Star of the African continent,” Nana Akufo-Addo reiterated