Dr. Edward Nasigri Mahama, Presidential candidate for the People’s National Convention took his “Thank You Tour” to the Upper East region over the weekend, with the declaration that God has prepared him to become the next president of Ghana.
Recounting his 20 years of political ambition, the medical doctor said this was his turn and he would ride on the elephant and the umbrella in the November polls to be sworn in as president on January 7, 2017.
“When I say I have been prepared by God for this moment, this is an example of it; 1996 there were only 3 candidates for president- J.J Rawlings, J.A Kufuor and Edward Nasigri Mahama. That year God said J.J Rawlings should take it. The following year Ghanaians were saying be patient because Kufuor has been trying for this for almost 20 years, your turn would come. They voted for Kufuor. Now 2016, 20 years later and it is Edward Mahama’s turn. God has ordained it,” he said.
Accompanied by the national and regional executives of the PNC, Dr. Edward Mahama, upon his arrival in the region on Saturday first visited Sandema, where he paid courtesy calls on the paramount chief and chief imam of the area.
They later proceeded to Chiana and to Navrongo where he and some executives took turns to address some constituency and polling station executives. Dr. Mahama told the people of the region that both the NDC and NPP neglected agriculture and as a result most of the Ghanaian youth did not have any work to do.
He cited that in 2015, government spent about US$ 600 million on importation of rice which should have been produced here in Ghana.
According to him, a PNC government under his watch would grow agriculture by 10% per annum under his new policy of transforming agriculture with guaranteed prices. He rejected the assertion that a vote for PNC was a wasted vote.
“You have been wasting your votes for voting NDC and NPP, because all they have given you is hardship, increased tariff, increased water bill, increased transportation cost, unemployment and even to the point where they have unemployed graduates association of Ghana, it’s a shame. Why do we send them to school if we can’t give them jobs?” he asked.
The National Chairman of the PNC, Bernard Mornah said the youthful breed of leadership of the party was an indication that the party has the youth at the center and urged Ghanaian youth to vote the PNC into power and find space in the governance of the country. They would also be given jobs or provided with job opportunities.
National Executives who accompanied the candidate included the party’s General Secretary Atik Mohammed, National Organizer, Desmond Ntoo, Adams Akane -Treasurer, Awudu Abdulai-Youth Organizer, Hajara Issah -Third vice chairman, Nbila Janet -Women’s organizer and deputy General Secretary Mohammed Haruna.