President John Dramani Mahama has expressed optimism that next week’s general elections will be peaceful, saying God will prevent “all-die–be-die” or any form of violence to befall the country.
Addressing a durbar of chiefs and people of Assin Bereku in the Central Region, as part of his campaign tour, he said in Akan: “God’s hands are upon Ghana and will not allow any chaos or all-die –be-die to occur in Ghana.”
He said most often during elections some people created fear among the electorate that there would be chaos in the country, but each time, the electoral process was successful and so would it be this year.
The President said “power is not won through violence but rather bestowed upon an individual by God and if he (God) appoints a person, no matter how hard other interested people fight, they will not succeed”.
He said although Ghanaians would vote, it is God who would crown the victor, and, therefore, urged the electorate to vote peacefully, “and God will crown the candidate who deserves to be president”.
Repeating “I have faith in God” three times in Akan, he continued that: “God is on the side of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and by His grace, the NDC will be victorious,” attracting resounding cheers from hundreds of supporters who gathered to listen to him.
President Mahama urged the people of Assin Bereku to vote massively for the party like they did in 2012, to enable the NDC government to further develop the country, promising massive development in the second term.
On a request for the area to be made a district, he assured the people that the construction of hospitals and other facilities in the area were part of preparation to make the area a district, and that they should “seek ye first the political kingdom,” and all other things would be added unto them.
He said a district hospital would be constructed while cocoa roads and town roads started would be completed among other infrastructural development that area would witness in his second term of office.
He mentioned improvement in the cocoa industry, such as increase in cocoa prices and distribution of free fertilisers, and reiterated government’s commitment to better the lives of cocoa farmers.
Earlier Nana Kobina Asare II, Sanaahene of the traditional area, appealed to government to turn the area into a district, construct additional classroom blocks for schools in the area, provide bus for the traditional council,and build a market.
At Assin Fosu in the Assin Central Constituency where controversial politian Kennedy Agyapong has been Member of Parliament for two terms President Mahama said he was confident that the NDC would wrest the seat from the New Patriotic Party.
From Jonathan Donkor, Assin Bereku