The New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has promised to turn round the socio- economic fortunes of the country within the first eighteen months in office, should he win next month’s election.
“I am promising you that within 18 months of a new government of the NPP, under my leadership, the face of our country, Ghana, will change.
We are going to get out of stagnation and backwardness, and move our country onto the path of progress and prosperity. We can do it. We, the Ghanaian people, have the capacity to change the circumstances of our lives.”
He made the promise at the Jubilee Park in Tamale, Northern Region, where he addressed a mammoth regional rally.
Nana Akufo-Addo explained there would be “a Ghana with opportunities for all, and where everybody is taken care off. We will have a society that is caring and compassionate and expresses solidarity.
Nobody is going to be left behind. We are all going to march together, hands linked together, to that great future that beckons us, here in Ghana.”
Nana Akufo-Addo therefore urged the electorate to elect a president who would treat all citizens with the utmost respect, and one who would also jealously guard the public purse for the improvement of their livelihoods.
The ‘new Ghana’, under an Akufo-Addo led NPP government, the NPP flagbearer indicated will be one that will not discriminate against any tribe, ethnic or religious grouping in the country.
Nana Akufo-Addo condemned what he called the politics of tribalism and ethnicity being waged continuously by President John Mahama in his campaign in the northern part of the country, with 15 days to the conduct of the elections.
He stated that all of his adult life has been spent fighting for the progress of the Ghanaian people, without recourse to ethnicity, colour or tribe.
“I fought Acheampong’s proposed union government. Acheampong was an Ashanti, but it did not make any difference to him. I thought the union government was a bad idea and I opposed it.
I opposed Provisional National Defense Council under Lt. Flt Jerry John Rawlings, who is Ewe, because I thought military government is not good for Ghana. I am tribal blind, I am colour blind. It is Ghana that is my interest,” he added.
The NPP flagbearer assured the gathering that the ‘new Ghana’ under his leadership would be one of a “united country, where all the people of Ghana would be together as one indissoluble link”.