The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo has called on the Atta Mills-led government and the Electoral Commission (EC) to ensure a clean 2012 election.
According to him, this is the only way any misgivings concerning the outcome of the polls in Ghana will be dispelled.
The NPP flagbearer was speaking at the party’s prayer session held at the Essipong Stadium in the Western region on Sunday. The event, according to the party hierarchy, was organised to pray for a peaceful presidential and parliamentary elections in December.
Party bigwigs including former President John Agyekum Kufuor, Jake Obetsebi Lamptey among others attended the prayer session.
Addressing the large gathering at the Essipong stadium, Nana Akufo-Addo demanded that the ruling NDC ensures that there are no disturbances and violence prior and after the December elections.
He also entreated all political leaders to accept the outcome of the results for Ghana to maintain the peace and stability that it is enjoying now.
The theme of the event was ‘Setting forth with the hand of God”.
Nana Akufo-Addo expects the Electoral Commission to carry out its responsibilities devoid of any partisan considerations.
The defeated 2008 presidential candidate of the NPP stressed that: “Those who will be responsible for the organisation of the elections will do so in a transparent and clear manner so that at the end of the day, the victor will be the victor and the loser will accept his loss because it is not of manipulation or intimidation or wrong-doing.”
According to the NPP, it is the absolute conviction of the party that before they engage in any serious campaigning, they need to commit the presidential candidate, all the 230 parliamentary candidates, the campaign, the party and indeed the entire nation into the care and mercy of God for His Will to be done.
But, a Deputy Minister of Information, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has advised the NPP and its members to depart from their ‘all die be die’ and “win-at-all-cost” mantra if they have now accepted that God is the only one who appoints leaders.
The Deputy Minister was commenting on the NPP’s inter-denominational prayer session which was held in the Western Region.
 The Deputy Information Minister said though he sees no problem with a political party committing itself to the Lord in order to win an election that of the NPP is surely for political expediency.
“They want us to believe that they are more holy than the Pope… I do hope that as they do, they will remember that it is the Lord who chooses leaders and so it is incongruous to think about all die be die and we will win at all cost…” he told Citi FM, a local radio station.


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