The attention of the Young Cadres Association of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has been drawn to the above-headlined story carried on some online media platforms including peacefmonline.com and attributed to Nana Akufo Addo, the twice-defeated New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer. Ordinarily, we would not have been drawn into such an issue especially when it involves Nana Akufo Addo, a leader who has lost all credibility and legitimacy in our country because of his penchant for manufacturing and peddling falsehoods. But seeing that Nana Akufo Addo said this on a campaign platform and thus his effusions have the potential of poisoning the minds of well-meaning Ghanaians who have vowed to reject his candidacy again for the Presidency of our dear nation, we have deemed it fit to respond to him.
First, what is Akufo Addo’s definition of poverty? Does he care to do any research at all before he speaks? How did a country that is so washed in poverty attain a middle-income status in 2011? Does he know that a World Bank report released in October 2015 clearly states that Ghana has reduced poverty from 52.6% to 21.4% between 1991 and 2012? If Nana Akufo Addo cares to know, the World Bank says that “In 2012, Ghana’s poverty rate was less than half the African average of 43%. Extreme poverty declined even more, dropping from 37.6% in 1991 to 9.6% in 2013.” Mr. William Akufo Addo, is this a country that is drenching in poverty?
Sometimes it is better to keep quiet than to speak, especially when you have nothing meaningful to say. When Nana Akufo Addo and his deputy Dr Bawumia go about throwing dust into the eyes of the public, they should at least credit Ghanaians with some intelligence and the ability to read and have a discerning mind. Ghanaians are witnesses to the efforts being made by His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama to uplift and improve their lives, and they will not be swayed by lies and fabrications. Or is it because the NPP lacks any message for the upcoming elections that is why they have resorted to half-truths and outright lies?
We have all been witnesses to the NPP’s scheme to fraudulently extort money from unsuspecting Ghanaians, begging for as low as GHC 1.00 to help fund their still-born campaign and other nefarious activities like training nation-wreckers. Of course in one of their failed demonstrations in the Ashanti region, we all heard about Kayayeis (head porters) donating a whopping GHC 5,000 to support the NPP. Can people living in abject poverty have enough to cater for themselves, left alone spend part on a dying party? If the Kayayeis that the NPP has so disrespected and used as the measuring rod for poverty at its basest could mobilize that much to support the course of an unattractive party, then something must be going right in this country. Something transformational must be happening in our country that is breezing a fresh air of liberation from poverty and suffering across the country.
Nana Akufo Addo must know that, majority of Ghanaians have resolved to retain President Mahama in the upcoming elections and he and his henchmen can whine and cry all they can, the will of the people would not be subverted with lies and threats of violence.
Whilst at it, it is worth reminding Nana Akufo Addo that his own party wants him to resign from the flagbearership position to save the party from total annihilation and utter disgrace. Maybe he should heed this call because from all indications, the NPP is doomed to lose the 2016 elections and Nana Akufo Addo is bound to proceed on his long-overdue retirement from politics.
Long Live Ghana
Long Live the NDC
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