The presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has called on Ghanaians to effect a real change of government come 2016 by voting massively for him as president.

He asked the citizenry who will be hitting the polls on the election day to cast their ballots to trust him as a competent leader who, when given the power, will serve the country with a clean heart and see to it that the country enjoys great economic transformation.

Nana Akufo-Addo made the call when addressing a massive crowd of Ghanaian residents in Canada at a town hall meeting in Toronto on Tuesday, October 26, 2015.

The town hall meeting which was organised by the NPP Canada branch in collaboration with the Toronto Chapter was to give the presidential candidate the platform to present his vision and mission as the party drives to power next year and also to interact with the people.

‘I am asking all of you Ghanaians to trust me Akufo-Addo by giving me the power to serve as the chief executive and I assure you that I will serve the country with a clean heart and see to it that the country achieves the needed economic transformation that we all are yearning for,’ he said.

Nana Akufo-Addo’s call received deafening applause and the largest standing ovation at the occasion, with the crowd replying him in unison, ‘You have our trust and support.’

What could be described as a near stampede happened immediately after ten minutes past seven when people started rushing into the main auditorium of the Ghanaian Presbyterian Church in Toronto, with many of them coming straight from work to listen to Nana Akufo-Addo.

Presenting the true picture of the situation back home to Ghanaians in Canada, Nana Addo pointed out that governance in Ghana presently is nothing to write home about.

He said ‘All the economic indicators are poor; the 3.5 percent of Ghanaian economic growth as claimed by the NDC government is in doubt.’ Nana Akufo-Addo observed that major business companies go to micro finance institutions instead of banks for loans because President Mahama’s government has developed a high appetite for borrowing from the banks, thus raising interest rates very high.

According to him, there is widespread enterprise failure across the country because of the erratic power supply dubbed ‘dumsor’, creating joblessness for many a young energetic men and women and resulting in economic hardships.
He further noted that Ghana’s economy is not growing and that the 9.5 billion national debt from Nkrumah’s regime through to President John Agyekum Kufuor’s eight years in government has, in the seven years under NDC government, ballooned to 94.5 billion.

He therefore asked Ghanaians to vote massively for him to come and form the next government to transform the economy by diversifying agriculture, industry and manufacturing, and develop bilateral trade relations with ECOWAS states to generate the needed revenue to develop the country.

From: Stephen A.Quaye, Toronto-Canada


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