President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has asked residents in the Volta Region to consider the governing New Patriotic Party in their voting pattern in this year’s general election.
This is because, according to the President, the people in the region, despite voting for the opposition National Democratic Congress over the years, have very little to show for in terms of development initiated and implemented by NDC governments.
Speaking in the Volta Region over the weekend, President Akufo-Addo stated that “I am sure that all of you have seen that, today, the umbrella has got nothing but holes in it. It can no longer act like an umbrella; it’s got holes in it. When it rains and you put it up, the water will be upon you because it’s no longer working as an umbrella,” the President remarked.
“The umbrella has dominated the politics of the Volta Region in the Fourth Republic, but what are the results? What is the progress that the Volta Region has seen under the umbrella? Zero! Zero! Zero! Absolutely zero!” he said.
President Akufo-Addo therefore urged the electorate in the region to change their voting pattern in favour of the governing NPP when they go to the polls on December 7.
The President stressed that “the elephant has come to bring progress and development to our country,” adding: “The New Patriotic Party has the blueprint for the development of Ghana. I am inviting you to join the New Patriotic Party for the development of our country.”
President Akufo-Addo indicated that, as opposed to 2016 when he had no record of holding the high office of the President, this time, “I have to come to you on my record, what I have done in these four years as President of the Republic.”
He added: “The question that you have to ask yourself: have I remained faithful to you? Have I stood by my commitments to you? And if I have stood by my commitments, if I have remained faithful to you, then you can look upon me as a man of integrity, a man who keeps his words, a man who fulfils his promises to the people.”
The President appealed to the people to continue to trust him, assuring that “the next four years is going to be even better than the four years that we’ve gone through.”
“I will not make any commitments to you that I cannot fulfil. I will never do that to the people of Ghana,” he stressed.
Asante votes taken for granted
Meanwhile, Presidential Candidate for the opposition NDC, John Dramani Mahama, during a campaign rally at Aboabo in the Asawase Constituency in the Ashanti Region on Sunday, November 22, 2020, advised voters in the Region to vote out the NPP come December 7.
According to him, although voters in the region voted massively for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to win the 2016 elections, the President had failed to return their support through projects and policies that would enhance their livelihoods and uplift Asanteman. “Nana Addo takes your votes for granted and that is why he ignored you after the election in 2016.”
Mr Mahama added that by failing to initiate new projects and continue with those that were started by the NDC in the region, President Akufo-Addo and the NPP was indirectly saying that voters in the NPP’s stronghold would still vote for him and the party irrespective of the impact of his leadership on their livelihoods.
He said this was not right, as the President did not have an automatic right to a second term. “He doesn’t have an automatic right to a second term so return the party that brings you progress back into power,” he said.