Thousands of New Patriotic Party (NPP) sympathisers yesterday thronged the Trade Fair Centre in Accra to attend the party’s national rally to round off its campaigning for this Wednesday’s general elections.
Held under theme, ‘The battle is the Lord’s’, it was to galvanise them to vote for the party’s presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and its parliamentary candidates in the election.
The programme was attended by the former President, John Agyekum Kufuor, the flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo, his running mate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, former Trade Minister Allan Kyerematen, acting Chairman, Freddy Blay, acting General Secretary John Boadu, and other big shots of the party.
Also present were European and AU observer missions and other pressure groups such as ‘Let My Vote Count Alliance’.
Disqualified presidential candidate for the Independent People’s Party, Kofi Apaloo, disqualified Independent presidential candidate, Akwasi Addai Odike, the Secretary of the All People’s Congress, Razak Kojo Poku, who recently declared his support for Akuffo Addo, and former Youth Organiser of the People’s National Congress (PNC), Abu Ramadan, also attended the programme and urged Ghanaians to vote massively for the NPP.
Party supporters from all the constituencies in Accra, attended the rally to crown the campaign of the NPP.
Clad in party paraphernalia with the inscription “Nana be ba”, literally mean ‘Nana will come out victorious’, the ecstatic supporters chanted, “Change is coming,” amidst dancing and singing.
Some held placards and NPP-branded flags with the inscription, “Nana Nie, Osono Nie,” “Victory for Nana 2016,” “Hope”.
The NPP party supporters were seen drinking Kalypo fruit juice which had come to be associated with NPP programmes, while others took pictures of themselves with their mobile phones.
Some die-hard supporters carried carved miniature elephants, the NPP symbol, throughout the programme, while others drove carved cars at the rally grounds to showcase NPP and Nana Addo.
Also, some of the attendants took advantage of the programme to do brisk business selling the party’s paraphernalia such as T-shirts, sandals, pens, caps and cups.
The several dozens of security personnel deployed there by the Ghana Police Service to ensure peace and order, and ensure an incident-free programme had a hectic time controlling the teeming crowd which was surging forward to catch a good glimpse of the dignitaries on the podium.
Some members from the arts, entertainment and music industry such as Cindy Thompson, Agya Koo, Waakye, attended the programme to throw their weight behind the NPP and seek for votes for Nana Akuffo Addo.
The programme was interspersed with NPP political songs such as Daddy Lumba’s “Nana is a Winner,” Great Ampong’s “Victory, Victory” and Shatta Wale’s “Kakai.”
Anytime “Nana is Winner” was played, the supporters went into frenzy, dancing their hearts out and showcasing powerful dancing moves.
Commuters who were travelling to and from Teshie on the Trade Fair road were caught up in heavy traffic and had difficulty traversing, due to the human trafic at the Trade Fair Centre.
Representatives of pressure groups who attended the programme, such as Let My Vote Count, and Foot Soldiers Association entreated Ghanaians to vote massively for Nana Akuffo Addo.
The Ghana Red Cross Society deployed about 50 officials to the programme to provide first-aid to the attendants.
By Kingsley Asare & Yaw Kyei