The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has questioned which programmes and policies the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is anchoring its 2020 election campaign.
He said the party under its Flagbearer John Dramani Mahama has no record of achievements to serve as a springboard for his election in next year’s polls.
“The question that people in Ghana are going to ask in 2020 is what are they coming back to do? What is the programme of the NDC under the leadership of John Dramani Mahama?” Nana Addo wondered.
The President, addressing some 6,500 delegates and functionaries of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) at the Trade Fair Centre at La in Accra for the Annual Conference further added “What is the record that they (NDC) are coming to defend in 2020? 3.6 percent rate of growth? Negative growth in agriculture? Negative growth in industry? High inflation, high deficit? IMF Programme is that what they are coming to defend in 2020?
The president is sure Ghanaians have already rejected that the NDC stressing that the Electoral Commission will declare the NPP winner in the 2020 elections.
Nana Addo urged the party to select its Members of Parliament in April next year devoid of bickering and backbiting.
He noted that the party is bigger than each and every single person including himself adding that the party is over seventy years old “and we have been through a lot, we went through the difficulties of the First Republic, We have been through the various coup d’état’s and we have come out, but each time we have come out stronger and today we are as strong as we have ever been in our history.”
The President reminded the Conference and Rally held on the theme: ‘We have Performed Better – 4 More To Do More’ that the NPP has a responsibility of transforming of Ghana.
“We have a responsibility, the transformation of Ghana that the people are looking for cannot take place without the NPP in office. Our party is the only party capable of engineering and masterminding the transformation of Ghana to a prosperous and forward looking country and economy” he said.
Nana Addo tasked the party to remain united and that the only competitor the NPP has is the NDC.
“Let’s us stand together, we are not each other’s opponents or enemy, our opponent, our competitor in the NDC…We have a responsibility to stay together…”
Earlier in a solidarity massage, former presidential aspirant of the NDC, Sylvester Mensah highlighted a myriad of challenges, which according to him, is haunting the citizenry due to mismanagement on the part of the NPP.
“We salute the NPP for the courage to hold its national delegates conference during this Christmas season when the sentiments of the majority of Ghanaians is that of a ‘Sakora’ Christmas,” he said.
He further stated that: “We have witnessed mass exiting of Ghanaians from jobs in the public sector just because they profess political philosophies other than yours. Our teachers are suffering, market women are suffering, students are suffering, nurses are suffering, bankers are suffering…”
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia touted the achievement of government.
He said the Akufo-Addo-led administration has instituted measures that have seen the improvement of the economy through the creation of jobs and automation of business transaction mechanisms.
“We are reducing the suffering of the people. The first thing we did was to build an economy that can create and sustain jobs. In the public sector alone we have recruited over 350,000 people and we are paying them… Teachers were suffering, we have given them teacher trainee allowance. Nurses were suffering; we have given them nursing trainee allowance. It was difficult to apply for a passport because you had to deal with ‘goro’ boys. Today, we have automated the process and it is no longer difficult to apply for a passport,” the Vice President listed to a cheering audience.
But Former President John Agyekum Kufuor said successive NPP governments are what will push Ghana forward into the ranks of the developed nations in the world.
According to him, he has observed, during his long presence in politics, that, Ghanaians love the NPP and share in the party’s vision for development.
The former president however, believes that members of the NPP need to constantly remind Ghanaians of the party’s good works indicating that “If we do not trumpet our achievements, no one will tell them for us”.