PRESS STATEMENT BY THE ASHANTI REGIONAL YOUTH WING TO DECLARE SUPPORT FOR NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO


Ladies and gentlemen of the press, we welcome you to this press meeting by the Ashanti Regional Youth Wing of this great party, the New Patriotic Party. We must first commend the whole party for the successful manner by which officers of the party were either elected or appointed from the polling station to the national level and the recent super delegate congress. Indeed this success symbolizes one thing that the party is growing from strength to strength.

Though the foundation of a building determines its strength and life span, it is the super-structure that exhibits its beauty and market value. We believe that the delegates at the various levels of our party when they were electing or appointing officers to various positions to serve as the foundation for victory 2016 had in mind the kind of super-structure they wanted on it. From every corner of this country, from the north to the south, from the east to the west the overwhelming majority of our supporters, floating voters and even disgruntled NDC members are all singing one particular song – ‘No Nana No Vote’, Shee Nana, Shee NPP. That is to say bring Akufo-Addo. It is not surprising that several accolades have been given to him Akufo-Addo such as ‘abrotre hene’, ‘abrotre wura’, ‘Mr Ghana’, ‘Mr fix it’ ‘Ghana anidaa soo’ and so on.

Ladies and gentlemen, for us in the Ashanti youth front, Nana Addo’s impeccable record as a true statesman, a true democrat, and a true patriot serve as a form of inspirational leader to us. He has continuously upheld and defended the rule of law and the tenets of democracy prevailing in this country and beyond. The way and manner in which he conducted himself immediately after the declaration of the 2012 elections by the Electoral Commission and the declaration by the Supreme Court of the elections petition clearly epitomise that he is a man of peace- ‘abotre wura’. His words such as “I do not want a single blood to be shed because of my quest to become president “indeed saved this country from any turmoil. We applaud him for that exemplary show of love and commitment to the peace and stability in our dear land.

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has sacrificed and served our party’s tradition for over forty years. His passion and vision to transform Ghana into a prosperous country is peerless and matchless. Unlike President John Mahama, Nana Akufo-Addo has demonstrated his incorruptible nature to all Ghanaians.

Ladies and gentlemen of the press, it is evidently clear from the aforementioned facts that the kind of super-structure that the overwhelming majority of our party delegates, our party supporters, floating voters, and even disgruntled NDC members want for our party and mother Ghana is Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Therefore, as delegates in the upcoming congress to elect the flagbearer for our party, we the regional youth organisers, overwhelming majority of our constituency youth organisers, polling station youth organisers and TESCON delegates in the Ashanti Region, the stronghold of our party, the region with the highest number of youth organisers and TESCON institutions have consulted among ourselves and we are with the greatest conviction that the best person to guarantee us victory in 2016 elections is Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. We therefore without hesitation declare our support for him.

Though this may come as a surprise and disappointment to the other flagbearer hopefuls particularly as they hail from this region, they must take inspiration from what the great Martin Luther King Jr. said that “we must accept finite disappointments, but we must never lose infinite hope”. We love them and equally believe in their competence but at the moment it is Nana’s time. Hopefully it will get to their time.

Ladies and gentlemen, this country continues to saddle in the manacles of poverty and hardship in the midst of bounty ocean of human and natural resources. It is very clear that the Mahama-led government has lost focus and are clueless, visionless and aimless as to how to solve the various crises which they themselves have brought onto this country. The prosperous economy that the Kufuor–led government left in 2009 has been destroyed by a self acclaimed youthful president. At least we are happy that he now agrees with us that ‘knowledge and wisdom go with age’. His public endorsement of seventy two (72) years old Alassane Ouattara, the Ivoirian President is a clear admission that Nana Addo’s presidency will definitely rescue this country from the kind of leadership paralysis which we find ourselves.

Ladies and gentlemen, Ghana awaits the NPP, we are the hope for all those whose businesses have collapsed, we are the hope for all those youth who cannot find work, we are the hope for all those parents who cannot pay their children school fees, and we are the hope for all those investors who have lost confidence in our economy. Long live the Ashanti Regional Youth Wing, long live the New Patriotic Party and long live mother Ghana. Thank you and God bless us all.

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