Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has assured delegates of the New Patriotic Party that nothing short of victory will be the portion of the Party in the 2016 elections when he is elected presidential candidate at the October 18 presidential primary.
Addressing a packed hall of delegates from the Upper East region at the Bolgatanga Secondary Technical School on Wednesday, Akufo-Addo told delegates that proceedings from the presidential election petition had showed that the battle for victory in 2016 must be won at the polling station.
"Give me another chance, elect me again. The action before the Supreme Court showed one thing. They told us that the battle for winning elections is at the polling station. That is where our energies, resources and strategies will go.
If we learn our lesson and block the loopholes identified, I am confident that the Almighty God and the people of Ghana will listen to our plea and a declaration will be made in December 2016 that the NPP's presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, has won the election and is the President-Elect of Ghana," Nana Addo stressed to the delight of the delegates.
On propaganda being embarked on by some persons, both within and outside of the NPP that he was old and not fit, Nana Akufo-Addo responded by saying "I am being told that I am too old to be President", to which the delegates retorted, "No, we disagree".
He recounted how "one man, two years older than me in Cote d'Ivoire" is putting to shame the work of the "so-called young man here in Ghana", a reference to the stunning developmental record chalked by 72-year old President Alassane Ouattara in war-ravaged Cote d'Ivoire in some 2˝ years.
"Give me the chance to do the same for Ghana and bring Ghana back onto the path of prosperity and a good life for all citizens. If I wasn't fit and ready for the task ahead, I wouldn't be putting myself up for the task," Nana Addo reiterated.
On the abysmal performance of President Mahama and his NDC government, Nana Addo stressed that the "Better Ghana agenda has collapsed and lies in ruins."
He explained that Ghanaians are saddled with high fuel prices, utility tariff hikes and a general high increase in the cost of living.
"Everything is so high, and yet our pockets are so low," Nana Addo stated.
Akufo-Addo noted that all the gains made in the 8 year period of the NPP under the leadership of President J.A Kufuor have all been whittled down under President Mahama and his NDC government.
He explained that, for example, the whole of 2014 is yet to see any payments being made into the GETFund, National Health Insurance Scheme or the District Assemblies Common Fund for the Upper East Region. He appealed to the President to rectify this situation immediately so that social services in the Upper East Region can be delivered.
"I am in politics to bring this country forward, not for personal gain. The world knows Ghana's potential, and I am saying that, together, we can make the Black Star shine again," Akufo-Addo added.
Nana Akufo-Addo challenged the Mahama administration to fulfill its promise of constructing a modernised market for the people of Bolgatanga, adding that "I went to see the Bolgatanga market and it was distressing."
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