More Pay Homage To Nana Akufo-Addo

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the 2012 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), yesterday received another batch of sympathizers, mainly NPP members, at his Nima residence in Accra.

Since August 30, a day after the Supreme Court dismissed the petition filed by Nana Akufo-Addo and others, many people from all walks of life have called on him to commend him for the way in which he conducted himself before, during and after the Supreme Court verdict.

He said that even though he does not entirely agree with the court, he had accepted the verdict in the interest of peace, unity and national development.

Several personalities, including former presidents, diplomats, political and religious leaders and virtually all NPP national, regional, constituency executives, as well as other interest groups within the party have called on him.

In fact, the Nima residence of the NPP stalwart has become more or less a tourist attraction where people visit on a daily basis.

Following the dismissal of the landmark election petition by the Supreme Court, the debate about who should lead the NPP has become intense.

NUGS members in a group picture with Nana Addo
Nana Akufo-Addo, who together with his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and NPP Chairman Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, filed the petition, has announced plans to take a break and consider his political future later.

However, calls on the NPP stalwart, who, has been hailed by many international bodies, continue to grow.

Almost all the pro-NPP groups that have called on him have used the occasion to urge him to contest again in 2016.

Yesterday, market women from the Ablekuma Sub-Metro in Accra first called on him and urged him to consider leading the NPP in 2016.

A group calling itself Free Education and Prayer Group from Kumasi also urged the NPP to back Nana Akufo-Addo to contest the 2016 elections to enable the party to win power and actualize the free education dream.

In response, Nana Akufo-Addo said ‘we were determined to fulfill the free SHS promise to Ghanaians so that everybody particularly the poor could benefit but things did not go as planned.’

‘We still have high hopes and believe that our party will get the chance to implement this pro-poor policy. We all know that without education for our young ones, the country’s future would be in jeopardy.’

He said ‘everybody in Ghana today believes the NPP is the ideal party to spearhead the development of the country and all we need to do is to believe that we can make it in 2016.’

Another group calling itself Northern Liberals also called on him to commend him highly for accepting the verdict without any hesitation.

Mohammed Zakaria, Spokesperson for the group, described Nana Akufo-Addo as ‘God send’ and said they were there to encourage him to lead NPP back to power.

Nana Akufo-Addo, in a response, noted that it was refreshing to know that the different groups believe in the ideals of the NPP.

‘We have the capacity to change things in Ghana and we know we are capable of spearheading Ghana’s development agenda. All we need is to unite and work hard to recapture power.’

Yoruba Caucus of the NPP also paid a courtesy call on Nana Addo and pledged their unflinching support for the party.

The Western Region NPP, led by their Chairman Nana Owusu Ankomah and its Women’s Organizer Abena Kwalla, together with some of the executives in the various constituencies, also called on Nana Akufo-Addo at his residence.

Women Orginizers within Agona Swedru were also there to greet Nana Akufo-Addo and his team.

Finally, some regional and constituency executives from the Volta Region, led by Joseph K. Nayan, a former MP, were also at the Nima residence.

The visit of the Volta executives was special because they treated the audience to local borborbor music and dance.

Nana Akufo-Addo reminded them of the need to unite and forge ahead as one body to snatch power from their opponents.

He said, ‘I am happy we have gone through the electoral dispute process without any upheaval and we will continue to remain committed to the growth of democracy.’

Nana Akufo-Addo said that it was refreshing that Ghana had embraced the idea of democracy, adding ‘to that extent I am very proud to be Ghanaian.’

He said ‘in a legal battle, you either win or lose and in this case we lost although we do not agree fully with the court.’

He said it was the National Executive Council of the party that sanctioned the decision to go to court, stressing that since everything is over, the party should continue to remain united to be able put up a solid performance in the years to come.

‘We have gone through a lot as a party and this decision of the court should never discourage us. Rather, it should serve as a challenge for us to improve on how we approach future elections.’

 By William Yaw Owusu

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