The Progressive People’s Party (PPP), on Saturday overwhelmingly endorsed Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, as its flag bearer to lead the party to victory in the 2016 general elections.
The Greater Accra Director of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mr. Kwame Amoah., who affirmed his nomination at the party’s 3rd National Convention, said Dr. Nduom was the sole candidate who fulfilled the nomination requirements.
The event which was held at the Trade Fair Centre, in Accra, also saw the unveiling of the party’s 156 parliamentary candidates to the delegates.
The National Convention was on the theme: “Job for all through competent and incorruptible leadership”.
In his acceptance speech, Dr. Nduom said, the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), and the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) have done their best in terms of the governance of the country.
However, he said the best of these parties was not enough to overcome the challenges bedeviling the progress of the country, and called on Ghanaians to vote for the PPP to turn the economic fortunes of the country around.
“Yes, we have eyes so we can see that there are some roads being constructed here and there; there are some hospitals being built here and there; there are some schools being built here and there; we acknowledge all of these things. But we look at our lives, and we acknowledge that we can do better. That Ghana deserves better. All of us know that our lives can be in a much better place,” Dr. Nduom added.
The flag bearer and founder said the PPP had developed a 10 point policy statement in the area of Education, health, sanitation, transportation among other sectors to transform the socio and economic fabric of the nation to facilitate the creation of million jobs for the citizens.
The Presidential candidate indicated that the party would focus on quality education and ensure Free Compulsory and continuing education for all.
He added that the party would initiate a policy to elect all chief executives of Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies, adding that all the best performing and beautiful cities in the country would have their mayors elected.
Dr. Nduom said given the opportunity to rule the country, he would reduce corruption and eliminate the winner takes all syndrome which had crippled the development of the country .
The Presidential candidate said a PPP led government, would separate Parliament from the Presidency, adding that no Parliamentarian would serve as a minister, for it is a serious and enormous task which needs attention and commitment.
He added that his government would tell the people the reality and the challenges confronting the energy sector, leading to the unending crisis.
According to Dr. Nduom there were challenges in power generation, transmission and distribution systems, which needed more time to be resolved completely, rather than just dealing with the surface of the problem.
He said, to achieve these, the party had mobilised competent human resource to effectively deliver the policy statement.
Dr. Nduom told the gathering that his main contenders, the President John Mahama of the NDC, is a communicator, whereas Nana Akuffo Addo of the NPP is a lawyer adding that the 2016 general elections have job creation as the focus, and to be able to achieve that you need an entrepreneur who has a record of creating jobs for the people of the country.
He said comparing the backgrounds of his contenders, he stood tall amongst them and would create one million jobs or one factory in every district, because, he had already done that with his numerous companies across the length and breadth of the country.
The National Chairman of the party, Nii Allotey Brew Hammond in his address said the PPP was ready and capable of forming the next government in 2017, to salvage the country from the incompetence of the NPP and the NDC, which had deprived Ghanaians of what they deserve.
There were other fraternal messages from independent presidential candidate, Jacob Osei Yeboah, “JOY 2012”, Susan Adu Amankwah of the Convention People’s Party (CPP).