Former Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto who prides himself as having transformed Ghana’s Agricultural sector, is leaving nothing to chance and uses that as a major trump card.
Ghanaians this week woke up images of plantain trees at venues where the former lawmaker for Kwadaso in the Ashanti Region was meeting delegates.
Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto has been travelling with a plantain tree on his ATOPA campaign to show delegates of the party his enviable exploits for which he deserves to be the party’s flag-bearer.
Over the weekend, the Akoto Campaign rounded up its campaign activities in the Volta and Eastern Regions where Dr. Akoto met delegates from Anlo, Keta, Akatsi North and Afadjato South.
Whilst in the Eastern Region, he visited the New Juaben South, Akim Oda, Asene-Akroso-Manso and Lower Manya Krobo constituencies where the Plantain Tree made guest appearances to applause.
During the campaigns, the plantain tree was displayed as a symbol of the Planting For Food and Jobs program implemented by Dr Akoto as Minister of Agriculture from 2017 to January 2023.
Updating social media, Dr. Akoto said during those campaign rounds, he told delegates of “my vision to make polling station executives and electoral area coordinators, the front-liners of my campaign and properly resource them to be able to win power in next year’s general elections”.
“I also informed them of my vision to find sustainable ways of improving on their living standards as I will carry out reforms that will prioritize the welfare of the polling station executives and electoral area coordinators as well as constituency executives” He added.
Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto insists that majority of NPP delegates who are farmers benefited from the policies and programmes he initiated during his tenure as the Food and Agric Minister and that would definitely translate into votes for him
Describing himself as a clear favourite he said “Most of these farmers I met in Upper East, Upper West, Savannah regions are also delegates and party constituencies executives. The one million farmers are the ones who will bear witness to me. Just go to any farmer and ask about the impact I have had on their lives when I was Minister for Food and Agriculture. And they will confess to you, they will tell you. They will vote for me to win,”
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