The Essipong Sports Stadium at Sekondi in the Western Region will be the centre of attraction this weekend when it hosts high-ranking members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) including the party’s Presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and former President John Agyekum Kufuor.
The two would join several other Ghanaians including the party’s national executive at an interdenominational prayer service on Sunday, 29th January 2012 to commit the party’s 2012 campaign and the nation into the hands of God.
The service, which will start at 2:00pm, is themed ‘Setting Forth through the Hand of God’. It would also feature the party’s parliamentary candidates from across the country.
At a press conference in Accra on Thursday, campaign manager of the NPP, Boakye Agyarko said, “It will be a series of praises and worship, songs and prayers.”
Party chairman Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey is expected to read the first scripture, followed by minority leader Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, with the third reading by Nana Akufo-Addo.
The high-point of the service is expected to be two reflections on peace, with the first to be delivered by former President Kufuor and the second, titled ‘Our Yearning For Peace’, by the NPP presidential candidate.
The sermon is scheduled to be delivered by Rev. Dr. Samuel Asante Antwi, former Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church, whilst Rev. Emmanuel Botchway will say special prayers for the presidential candidate and parliamentary candidates.
NPP has sent an open invitation to all Ghanaians across the length and breadth of the country, especially party members, to join hands with them to, as Boakye Agyarko put it, “step forth through the hand of God.”
He said it was the wish of the NPP to win the 2008 elections but God, in “His own infinite wisdom”, did not grant that wish for a reason.
“But I believe God did not grant us because he needed to expose the NDC for what they are – hypocrites, liars, thieves of the first order. Otherwise how does a president who has declared himself righteousness allow such perfidy of taking the nation’s money to one person?”
By Charles Takyi-Boadu