The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, brought business, commercial and vehicular activity to a complete standstill in the Central Business District of Accra, on Thursday, August 18, when he visited the Klottey Korle constituency, in the Greater Accra Region.
With news filtering into ‘CMB’ and Tudu, the heart of the Central Business District of Accra, about his arrival, Nana Akufo-Addo was met by thousands of market women, business owners and their patrons who lined the principal streets of Accra to catch a glimpse of the NPP flagbearer.
With scenes described as “never witnessed before” in Accra, amidst chants of “Nana oo Nana”, “yɛresesamu”, “afi yi yɛ wa fi”, market women abandoned their wares, business owners came out of their shops, whilst commercial drivers parked their vehicles, all eager to listen to Nana Akufo-Addo’s message of hope ahead of the conduct of this year’s election.
As the chants echoed loudly across the capital, thousands of onlookers rushed towards CMB and Tudu, from Makola and its environs, to hail the arrival of NPP presidential candidate and his team.
In the company of the NPP’s parliamentary candidate for the constituency, Philip Addison, as well as regional and national party stalwarts, Nana Akufo-Addo addressed separate gatherings at CMB and Tudu.
Nana Akufo-Addo noted that Ghana and Ghanaians have become too miserable, under the leadership of President Mahama. It was inexplicable, he said, that Ghana, a nation blessed with an abundance of human and natural resources, is drenched in poverty, leading many to lose hope in the ability of the country to offer them a decent standard of living.
In spite of this, he urged the thousands gathered to have hope in the fact a government is on its way coming, God-willing from 2017, which will bring development, progress and prosperity to every corner of the country without discrimination.
“As is stipulated by law, the time has come, this year, for us to vote and decide who leads us. Let us use the power of our thumbs to change Ghana and bring in a government that can change our circumstances, and bring relief, progress and prosperity to all,” he added
Addison is the NPP’s candidate
With the NPP aiming at securing a decisive majority in the popular vote, as well as securing the majority of parliamentary seats, Nana Akufo-Addo appealed to NPP members not to entertain any thoughts of voting “skirt and blouse”, either in the presidential or parliamentary election.
He, thus, urged all NPP supporters in Klottey Korle to rally behind the party’s parliamentary candidate, Philip Addison, recounting his own experience in 1998 when he fully supported then candidate John Agyekum Kufuor to enable the NPP win the 2000 elections.
“A true NPP member always accepts the decision of the party’s Electoral College. When it’s your turn, the party will reward you. That is why I am also here today as flagbearer of the NPP. So those trumpeting ‘skirt and blouse’ should stop, and rather, help Philip Addison and push him to parliament,” he said.
He continued, “This is a gentleman who is well-known in every part of Ghana. We all saw his heroics during the election petition. As an advocate in Parliament, you can be sure that the concerns of Klottey Korle will be well-articulated before parliament. The NPP’s candidate for Klottey Korle is Philip Addison. We have no other candidate.”
Nana Akufo-Addo will on Friday, August 19, tour the Okaikoi North constituency.