President John Mahama says the outcome of tomorrow’s election is in the hands of God, and has, therefore, declared his faith in the Lord to grant him and the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) a resounding victory.
“The Lord is with us,” he told the thousands of party supporters who had filled the Accra Sports Stadium to capacity yesterday, for the mammoth rally to climax the campaigning in the Greater Accra Region.
President Mahama said he had placed his destiny in the hand of God, and for Ghanaians to decide the future of the country.
Quoting Joshua 1:5, he was confident that the Lord would not forsake him as he did not with Joshua who took over from Moses in leading the Israelites, adding that he had been obedient in doing the will of God by dutifully leading the country into development.
President Mahama said the decision Ghanaians would take on election day would be to make a simple choice of whether to stay the course and continue on the path of development, or give up and start all over again based on oral promises.
“It must not be said that we are a country that has lost focus and cannot continue and complete a good journey,” he said, amidst excitement among the supporters.
He said a decision to change his administration would be counter-productive and make Ghana like a flag that shifts its flapping direction with any change in wind direction.
“We have done and achieved a lot of development for the country, but we know more remains to be done,” he said, adding that even the well developed countries continued to face development challenges.
“We can only advance faster if we stay the course and press on, and not give up,” he stated.
According to the President, the government had managed to overcome the critical challenges that faced the country, including the power crisis, stabilisation of the economy and provision of social infrastructure.
“I am asking Ghanaians to renew my mandate so that we can continue and complete the journey we started together,” he said.
He promised to continue to be a “father for all” and be the national unifier to promote the social, democratic and economic development of Ghana.
President Mahama reminded the electorate of the importance of their vote, and asked them to use today, a day of campaigning, to soberly reflect on the decision they would take in the voting booth tomorrow.
He thanked the rank and file of the NDC, as well as the thousands of volunteers for their immense contribution towards a successful campaign, saying the victory would be dedicated to them.
He said the supporters should be proud of the achievements of his administration and promised to do more in his second term.
“Under my presidency, Ghana has been and would be in safe hands,” he declared.
Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, for his part, described the change being clamoured for by the NPP as “continuity” since the NPP’s flagbearer had promised to continue all the initiatives of the NDC.
He said the NPP seemed confused about what their intentions for the country were, adding that “all their claims of mismanagement are in contrast with facts and evidence on the ground”.
The Vice-President challenged the NPP’s presidential running mate Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to get his fact right about the economy since the kind of questions he had thrown out for him to answer did not depict seriousness.
“He should come out with better questions,” he said.
The Finance Minister, Seth Terkper, also urged Ghanaians to be wary of the propaganda of the NPP about the economy, saying that contrary to the NPP’s claims that the economy was retrogressing, international financial institutions such as the IMF and World Bank had lauded the growth levels and predicted its rapid growth from next year.
Touching on borrowing, he said the loans the government had contracted had been purposely used to build the social infrastructure that provides a solid foundation for the economy.
He said unlike the NPP which he claimed misused the HIPC funds, the NDC has judiciously applied public funds which had manifested in the avalanche of development projects and job creation initiatives implemented across the country.
Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, General Secretary of the NDC, described the opposition NPP as a frustrated and desperate party “that wants power at all cost”.
He took a swipe at the NPP’s flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for failing to attend the GBC-NCCE Presidential Debate, saying it was an indication that the NPP lacked better ideas.
He predicted a one-touch victory, and urged all to turn out to vote.
Mr Ade Coker, Greater Accra Regional chairman of the NDC, said “the opposition NPP cannot be trusted”, and, therefore, urged the electorate to retain President Mahama.
He also urged the supporters to avoid skirt-and-blouse voting, and vote for both President Mahama and the parliamentary candidates in their respective areas for the party to secure a clear majority in Parliament.
By Edmund Mingle