NDC? Come back for what? Akufo-Addo questions opposition motives for seeking a return to power Featured

By By Kwasi Frimpong and Paul Dalafu December 23, 2019 1641 59 comments

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has challenged former President John Dramani Mahama to tell Ghanaians what the opposition party wants to come back to do. The President is the latest in a tall list of members and supporters of the New Patriotic Party to throw this challenge to the opposition party.

Speaking at this year’s annual national delegates’ conference of the governing party, held at the Trade Fair Site in Accra, the President, who was sounding optimistic of winning a second term, asked the NDC to tell Ghanaians the plans they have for the country, should they be given the opportunity to govern again.

“What are the records that they are coming to defend?” the President asked. “What new programmes are they bringing on board that should warrant a change from this performing government to them?”

4 More for Nana

He declared that the erstwhile NDC government had bestowed on Ghanaians untold difficulties, including economic mismanagement, high electricity tariffs and rampant hardship. Ghanaians who are enjoying the fruits of prudent economic management and sound policy under this government will vote for the NPP to continue its good work, he said.

“In December 2020, we are optimistic that the Electoral Commission will declare the NPP as winners of the general election,” the President told supporters, reiterating a call he made at the December 13 presidential encounter with the press: “In 2020, four more for Nana.”

The statement drew an ecstatic response from the thousands of enthusiastic NPP supporters who filled the Fantasy Dome of the Ghana International Trade Fair centre.

NPP unity

The President used the occasion to call on NPP members and supporters to ensure unity among the rank and file. He stressed that the party’s parliamentary primaries, which are now slated for April 2020, should not be a drain into division, backbiting and rancour among members of the NPP.

The party, the President said, is over 70 years old and has gone through many challenges, each time bouncing back stronger than it was before. He urged members not to allow individual priorities to override the good of the party.

Better performance

Speaking at the conference, the Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, also said the records show that the NPP government has performed better than the opposition NDC while in office.

Listing some of the achievements of the NPP government, the Vice-President referred to official data which suggests that within its three years in office the government has fulfilled 72 per cent of its manifesto promises. This, he said, is unprecedented in the Fourth Republic. He said that both times the NPP has been in government, it has proved to be a better manager of the economy than any of its opponents.

For instance, on the cedi exchange rate, the Vice President said that in the Fourth Republic, the current government has performed better than all previous NDC governments, coming second only to the first term of President Kufuor’s NPP administration.

“The average exchange-rate depreciation on a yearly basis suggests that we have done 8.7 per cent, as against the NDC’s 18 per cent. On the exchange rate, we have performed better,” Dr Bawumia said.

He further noted that, on average, the NPP government has reduced electricity tariffs by roughly 10 per cent since it took power, adding: “The NDC must be joking to think that they can perform better than us.”

He outlined other achievements by the government and challenged the NDC to point to a single successful social intervention policy it introduced.

Conference

The three-day-long conference, which began on Friday December 20 with Muslim prayers, took the theme “We Have Performed Better – 4 More to Do More”.

On Sunday, three major activities climaxed the conference: a special church service in the morning, keynote speeches at the main delegates’ conference and then the crescendo of the whole event – a mega rally on the Trade Fair Site forecourt.

A special report was read by former President Kufuor on behalf of the party’s Council of Elders. The NPP treasurer, Kwabena Abankwa Yeboah, presented the party’s financial statement to the over 6,500 delegates, who were drawn from across all 275 constituencies in Ghana, as well as special branches and wings such as the external branches, students’ wing, youth wing and women’s wing.

The NPP general secretary, John Boadu, used the occasion to present the party’s annual report, in keeping with the NPP constitution. He, too, highlighted key achievements over the past year.







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