The 2021 National Delegates Conference of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) held yesterday was temporarily halted because the conference broke into a spontaneous loud and prolonged celebration when Vice President Mahamadu Bawumia was introduced to give his speech.
The delegates, as though were in a frenzy, sprang to their feet amidst chanting of Bawimia’s name, clapping, dancing, punching clenched fists into the sky and running all over the place.
Some of them even took over the front of the VIP dais and occupied the entire place, literally making it impossible for the programme to continue.
Not even the protocol officers, the MC or event security present could get the charmed and charged delegates to return to their seats.
Each time the MC asked them to return to their seats, they increased the loudness of their chants and more delegates joined them at the VIP dais, making it impossible for the Vice President to commence his speech.
The chanting of Dr. Bawumia’s name lasted for more than ten minutes, a development that interrupted the flow of the programme, which was graced by President Nana Akufo-Addo.
Dr. Bawumia, who was clearly surprised and appeared touched by the seeming show of love and affection by the party delegates, who had besieged the inner perimeter, continued to call for calm and pleaded with the delegates to resume their seats but to no avail.
As the celebration and cheers continued, Lawyer Henry Nana Boakye aka ‘Nana B’, who is the acting NPP National Organizer, intervened with his deep voice so Dr, Bawumia could deliver his speech.
He said “We understand the love is deep but please take your seat”, Nana B, who is also the NPP National Youth Organizer, remarked, adding “please leave the conference arena now, we beg you”.
When Nana Boakye realized that his constant plea to the overly excited party delegates to stop the chanting of Dr, Bawumia’s name would not work, he then sought the help of the security men to dispel the crowd.
Eventually, the excited party people left the conference arena for the Vice President, who had then stood on the podium for over ten minutes, to deliver his prepared statement to the delegates.
Breaking the 8
Dr. Bawumia, in his speech, admitted that the NPP would have an uphill task in winning a third successive elections on December 7, 2024, saying that the party needed to do extra work and campaign to win the polls.
According to him, no political party in the country has been able to win three successive elections therefore if the NPP wants to do it for the first time, then a lot of hard work and determination was required.
Plan To Break The 8
He said if the NPP indeed wants to break the eight and remain in political office after 2024, then every member of the party should embrace unity and peace, saying we need unity to remain in power”.
Dr. Bawumia said the NPP should remain united with one voice to broadcast the positive achievements of the party, saying that “we should not fight among ourselves since it will benefit us in the end.
He noted: “We have worked hard as a government under the leadership of H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and are committed to continuing to serve the good people of Ghana. Protecting our efforts, vision and legacy means we necessarily have to break the eight as we have termed it.
“In this regard, let us all be aware that breaking the eight will not be easy. It has not been done before in our history but I believe that if we are united, we will break the eight. United we stand, divided we fall. Our success will depend on how well we conduct ourselves going forward; a strong united party with a focus on highlighting our successes while countering the desperate, misleading and misguided NDC propaganda. Rather than taking down each other, we must focus on taking down the NDC who will be a disaster for this country.”
NPP, NDC Comparison
Dr. Bawumia said the opposition NDC doesn’t come near the NPP in terms of development, saying “the NPP and NDC comparison is like day and night; we have more positive records than them”.
Dr. Bawumia, in his speech, noted further: “For the first time in our history, Ghana has successfully issued a digital National ID card
“For the first time in our history, Ghana has implemented a Digital Property Address system
“For the first time in our history, Ghana has Mobile Money Interoperability
“For the first time in our history, any Ghanaian who has a National ID card can open a bank account using their mobile phone
“For the first time in our history, over 80% of adults in Ghana have Tax Identification Numbers versus 4% in 2017
“For the first time in our history, Ghana has drones for medical delivery and is the world’s largest medical drone delivery service.
“For the first time in our history Ghana is implementing One district one district hospital (AGENDA 111). By the end of our second term we would have built more hospitals than any government in our history.
“For the first time in our history Ghana is implementing One district one factory – Our government has facilitated the establishment of more factories than any other government since independence.
“For the first time in our history, Ghana has Paperless clearing of goods at the ports.
“We have digitized the process of passport acquisition
“For the first time in our history, Ghana has digitized the process of drivers license acquisition
“For the first time in our history, Ghana has implemented the Ghana.Gov platform. A one stop shop for public service delivery
“For the first time in our history, Ghanaians can renew their NHIS membership from their mobile phones
“For the first time in our history, Ghanaians can apply for scholarships on their mobile phones
“For the first time in our history, Ghanaian students can apply for student loans without the need for a guarantor
“For the first time in our history, Government is implementing a pension scheme for cocoa farmers
“For the first time in our history, Ghanaians and law enforcement can find out the insurance status of any vehicle on their mobile phone using the Motor insurance database
“For the first time in our history, Ghanaians were provided free electricity for life line consumers for a year during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic
“For the first time in our history, Ghanaians were provided 50% reduction in electricity tariffs for non-life line consumers for a year during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic
“For the first time in our history, Ghanaians were provided free water for a year during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic
“For the first time in our history import duties on all goods were reduced by between 30%-50%
“For the first time in our history, Government has provided Free Wifi to over 700 senior high schools, 42 colleges of education and 13 public universities
“For the first time in our history, Ghanaian pensioners can obtain their SSNIT pension 10 days after making an application.
“For the first time in our history, Ghana is implementing a Nationwide E-Pharmacy which I will launch next week. We will be one of a few countries in the world to have a nationwide E-Pharmacy.
“For the first time in our history, Government, has implemented a One Constituency One Ambulance programme
“For the first time in our history, Government has established a Zongo Development Fund
“We have built more roads in our first term than the first term of any government in the Fourth Republic and we are continuing.
“For the first time in our history, we are implementing Free TVET and have established the Ghana TVET service
“For the first time in our history, our Government has implemented Free SHS and confounded the naysayers.
“And by the Grace of God, for the first time in the history of the Fourth Republic, we will break the 8! The future is bright for the youth and for Ghana, so lets stay with the elephant”, he noted.
Jabs NDC Over Election Petition
He also made mockery of the NDC over their decision to contest the the 2020 elections in court, which according to him, was genuinely won by the the NPP flagbearer, President Nana Akufo-Addo.
His speech read: “Interestingly, the NDC decided to challenge our victory at the Supreme Court. However, rather than mounting a serious effort, they rather went there to tell us that they were given tea without biscuits!
“You remember that when we went to the Supreme Court after the 2012 election we presented over 10,000 pink sheets. We told the Court that we were relying on the data contained in the Pink Sheets because “You and I were not there”. When Asiedu Nketia went to the Supreme Court he said rather surprisingly that they were not there to challenge the results! Really? And when they asked him for the pink sheets he said and I paraphrase “My Lords the pink sheets are not there”.
“The Supreme Court told them that ‘no pink sheet no case.’ Their case was fundamentally incompetent. So bottom line is that they had no evidence to challenge our victory notwithstanding all the noise they made to deceive their members.