The New Patriotic Party (NPP) 2016 presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says stealing will not be part of his agenda when voted into power.
Nana Addo assured Ghanaians that when given the mandate to serve in January 2017, he will focus solely on the improvement of their wellbeing and will not line his pockets with the people’s money.
“I won’t steal your money because I am not a thief,” the NPP presidential candidate told the chiefs of Dambai, ahead of a meeting with constituency executives and NPP parliamentary aspirants in Northern Volta on Friday.
“I know full well the dangerous implications of corruption on the fortunes of any country, and my track record in public service and in my private life should assure you that it is not at this time that I want to get involved in corrupt acts,” he added, amidst thunderous applause.
The NPP flagbearer appealed to the chiefs, who he said do not engage in politics but vote, and the people of Northern Volta to “try the NPP in 2016 because I am motivated by only one thing, which is to make a big contribution to changing the way we do things to improve the lives of people.”
He continued, “I am not in politics to put money in my pocket; that is not why I am in politics. We are coming into power to help develop this beautiful land. We are entitled to be a prosperous nation, not a poor country.”
The chief of Dambai, Nana Beyenor II, thanked the NPP leader for the respect accorded him and his sub-chiefs.
He was confident that the internal problems confronting the party at this time is a clear indication that joyous moments are in the offing for the party ahead of the 2016 elections.
Nana Odame Gyamfi, the Asukorhene, in his brief, assured the NPP leader that “In 2016, I can assure you that there will be changes in the voting patterns in Northern Volta. The people of Northern Volta will not disappoint the NPP in 2016. The perception that this region is some other party’s ‘World Bank’ will be dispelled come 2016. The people of the Volta Region are only interested in development and will no longer be used as pawns in elections.”
On the NPP’s call for a new voter register, Nana Akufo-Addo said the leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) had lost the argument except to whip up tribal sentiments.
He expressed utter dismay about the NDC’s attempts to ensure that the current register, which he said was incurably flawed and unfit for its purpose, is maintained for the 2016 polls.
According to Nana Akufo-Addo, the NDC’s changing ripostes after the exposé by Dr Bawumia, his running mate, on the existence of over 76,000 foreigners on Ghana’s register, proves beyond reasonable doubt that Ghana needs a new register for next year’s polls.
“Originally they (NDC) told us the register from Togo that we presented was fake. That argument has now been abandoned. We then heard about the argument of identical twins. That too has been abandoned. Now we are told the 76,000 matches we found are NDC people living in Togo and Benin,” he said.
Voltarians Not Foreigners
He dismissed NDC’s latest position that the call for a new register is aimed at discriminating against the Volta Region.
The NPP’s demand, according to the party’s flagbearer, “is about foreigners” on Ghana’s register.
“Are the people of the Volta Region foreigners in Ghana?” he asked, to which the response from the packed auditorium at the Dambai College of Education was a big “No”.
The NDC’s argument about tribe, according to Nana Akufo-Addo, is because “there is no argument against what we have said.”
He continued, “It is not about the Volta Region; it is about foreigners. They should not take part in deciding who should be the president of Ghana. Ghanaians, likewise, should not go to Togo to vote in their elections. That is what we are saying.”
Nana Akufo-Addo explained that the NPP’s call for a new electoral roll is nothing strange, considering the fact that majority of countries on the African continent that have had reasons to doubt the credibility of their voters’ roll had, before the holding of elections, compiled new registers.
He cited the case of Nigeria, where before the election that saw General Muhammadu Buhari emerging victorious, a new, credible voter register was compiled. Cote d’Ivoire and Tanzania, who will be going to the polls later this year, according to Nana Akufo-Addo, have all completed the compilation of new voter registers.
“In Togo, it is our own Excellency President John Dramani Mahama who gave them a new register. The opposition complained to him as Chairman of ECOWAS. He went to Togo and asked the authorities, namely the president and the Electoral Commission in Togo, that they should postpone the election so work could be done to satisfy the concerns of the opposition. That was done, and the opposition leader accepted the register and went into the elections with it. What is good for Togo is good for Ghana,” he stressed, to a standing ovation from the gathering.
He assured the people of the Volta Region that under his government, just as was witnessed under President Kufuor, the people of the region would get their fair share of development.
“We are coming to do a job for Ghana devoid of any form of discrimination,” he stressed, adding that “The NPP is coming to power because we want to create an enabling environment for the creation of jobs for our people, ensure that access to education for all school-going children does not continue to be a headache for parents, and also deliver an effective healthcare system where the National Health Insurance Scheme works very well.”
Source: Daily Guide/Ghana