Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has appealed to the people of Savelugu in the Northern Region to vote for the party come the December general election as an NPP was poised to improve the lots of Ghanaians.
The NPP have not won any presidential or parliamentary elections in the Savelugu constituency since multiparty democracy was restored in 1992.
But presidential candidate of the largest opposition party, Nana Akufo-Addo said it was time the trend change in this year’s polls.
He therefore made the appeal on Wednesday, when he paid a courtesy call on the Yoo Na, Abukari Mahama VII, Paramount Chief of the Savelugu traditional area.
He said “we have an expression in Akan, and I am sure it is the same in Dagbani, which says that you go to two markets before you can tell which one is the better.
I have come to appeal to you and the people of Savelugu that, in this election, try the NPP market. I have no doubt that when you try the NPP market, it will be much superior to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) market”.
“I have come to appeal to you and through you to the people of Savelugu to join this chorus for change, so that, for the first time, Savelugu will elect an NPP parliamentary candidate in the form of Mohammed Abdul Sammed Gunu, and give victory in the presidential contest for me, the NPP’s presidential candidate,” he added.
Nana Akufo-Addo also assured the Yoo Na that the NPP “will do everything possible to assist in the process of reconciliation in Dagbon, as well as the peace and security of the Dagbon people”.
The NPP, he noted however, has made significant gains in the constituency, evident in the NDC’s margin of victory over the NPP, reducing from 10,392 votes in 2004, to 3,863 votes in 2012.
Citing several reasons why the chiefs and people of Savelugu should “try the NPP market”, the NPP flagbearer indicated that all the most important initiatives for the welfare of Ghanaians, in recent times, have been initiated by the NPP.
“It was under the leadership of former President John Agyekum Kufuor that we got the National Health Insurance Scheme, the School Feeding Programme, the Free Maternal Care, the Capitation Grant, the National Youth Employment Programme, Metro Mass Transit, Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP) and Microfinance and Small Loans Centre. There is not one initiative that is associated with the name of the NDC,” he said.
Nana Akufo-Addo explained that as a result of the poor performance of the Mahama- led administration in managing the economy and these interventions “there is a strong chorus going throughout the country for the NPP to return to office”. –starrfmonline.com