Hundreds Welcome Akufo-Addo



Nana Akufo AddoIt was pomp and pageantry at the national headquarters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) yesterday when the 2012 presidential candidate of the party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, stormed the premises after a two-week trip to the United Kingdom.

Amidst dancing and drumming, hundreds of party supporters thronged the fore-square of the premise at Asylum-Down in Accra to welcome him and his entourage.

The vice-chairman of the party, Fred Oware, together with some members of the national executive council were also present to receive him.

Hundreds of supporters were clad in party paraphernalia, chanting songs and cheering him as he strolled towards the entrance of the office.

Nana Addo, who was officially dressed in long sleeves shirt and trousers, told the crowd that he was fully fit and back in action.
“I am back in action to continue my official duty of the party after having completed my scheduled businesses including a regular medical check-up in the United Kingdom (UK),” he said.

According to him, his doctors in the UK have taken him through thorough checks and have stated that he was very strong and healthy.
He commended the supporters for their commitment and continuous prayer for him and asked them to put their trust in him as he works hard to achieve the best for them.

Nana Addo, a fortnight ago, left Ghana with his wife, Rebecca, for the UK, for what his Press Secretary Herbert Krapah has described as “scheduled engagements including his regular medical check-up”.

According to a newspaper publication, his travel came on the heels of a heart disease he was suffering from since last month. The paper said Nana Addo was rushed as a result of the sickness to the Akai House Clinic and later referred to the Cardiothoracic Centre of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital for emergency treatment.

He was however, expected to have arrived last week but his trip was prolonged over what the General Secretary of the party, Mr. Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie, has ascertained as the adjournment of the election petition to June 24.

The deputy communication director of the party, Mr. Samuel Awuku, said Nana was back and as usual would keep pace with the court proceedings in court.

He said the rational behind his appearance yesterday was to prove his critics wrong and refute the assertion made on some social media platforms that he was bed-ridden and had even lost his life as a result of his ailment.

Mr. Awuku was however, optimistic that justice at the Supreme Court would vindicate them on their stance that they won the 2012 general election.

Responding to some concerns shared by some critics of the party, Mr Awuku said Nana Addo had doctors in and out the country and had been receiving treatment from them as when and where it is needed.

He therefore, debunked the allegation made by some members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) that Nana had no trust in the medical officers in the country and therefore had resorted to receiving medical treatment from abroad.
By Charles Amankwa

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