2016 would still be one touch – President

Tamale, Nov. 15, GNA – President John Mahama has predicted a one touch victory for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2016 elections using the massive infrastructure development of the country as a bench mark to assess performance of government.

President Mahama addressing a rally of NDC supporters in Tamale on Saturday as part of his “Changing Lives” campaign tour of the region, he said the work of the government would speak for itself.

He expressed the hope that Ghanaians would appreciate the equitable distribution of the national cake and renew the mandate of the party.

He said NDC detractors would never see anything good that the government is doing to improve the lives of Ghanaians.

President Mahama appealed to Ghanaians especially members of the NDC to remain united and focused to win the 2016 elections one touch since God is on their side.

He said NDC as a party is people centred and never discriminate against anybody.

He said that is why he had to come from one of the remotest areas of the country to lead the party to victory.

He said everyone in NDC stand the chance of becoming president no matter where the person hails from.

‘God is our redeemer and since He is the one who installs leaders I have the hope that in 2016 God will bless us again with a one touch victory,’ he said.

President Mahama called for patience for his administration to address the current challenges facing the country, adding that NDC would never renege on its promises.

He said the NDC had finished laying the foundation of the country’s development saying, ‘The framers of the 1992 Constitution knew that four years is not enough for any government to complete development projects hence the need to allow for a second term to fulfill campaign promises’.

He asked Ghanaians to renew his mandate in 2016 to steer them to the ‘Promised Land’.

He said, ‘We are working just like an artist. When artists are working you don’t actually know what they are doing until they finish the work. Those who are saying we are not working are entitled to their opinions but the communities in which we work would testify.’

President Mahama said those who accuse the NDC government for going for loans are doing so for malice because those loans are used to embark on the massive road, school and health infrastructure saying, ‘Every business person will tell you that loans help to build the business’.

He pledged to tar major roads in Northern Region especially Walewale-Bunkpurugu, Tamale-Makango, Yendi-Saboba and Yendi-Tatale-Sangule roads and provide the people with electricity.

President Mahama appealed to aspirants in the NDC Parliamentary primaries not to abandon the party and go independent if they fail to win since such practices caused the party to lose some seats in 2012.

‘We lost in Tamale North, Tatale-Sangule, Kpandai and Bunkprugu because defeated candidates went independent and if you add the votes of the independent and NDC candidates those seats wouldn’t have been lost.’


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