The 2016 flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party Nana Addo Dankwa-Akufo Addo is presenting what his party believes it is true State of the Nation Address.
It is expected to be a contradiction of the address presented by President John Mahama in Parliament last Thursday. In what is fast becoming a tradition, the party in opposition presents a different narrative to the official statement presented by the President.
The three-time flagbearer has arrived at the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons amidst lots of drumming and dancing. Party heavywieghts including former President John Kufuor have descended to the venue The main auditorium is packed.
Master of Ceremony and NPP parliamentary candidate Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has introduced the NPP National Womens’ Organiser Otiko Djaba to lead in an opening prayer.
“Lord speak to the people of Ghana” she prays a very interesting prayer.
“Lord, the sorrow of unemployment of our youth, the thievery. Lord bring it to a stop . We pray for your son Nana Addo Dankwa…Lord fill him with the wisdom of Solomon… We pray that you will let the people of Ghana know that 2016 is the time for change”
“In the name of Jesus ,in the name of the Holy Spirit” Let this State of the Nation Address be received like honey…”
She ends the prayer in the name of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Mary and “everything good”
MC says Nana Addo will also present some fresh ideas in addition to his party’s State of the Nation Address.
National Chairman Freddie Blay takes over. He welcomes John Kufuor, the flagbearer Nana Addo and his wife, Rebecca, Vice-Presidential candidate Dr. Bawumia and his wife.
Freddie Blay says President John Mahama “did not talk about things that we do not consider to be the true State of the Nation Address”. It was full of propaganda, he said.
MC presents Minority leader and Suame MP Osei-Kyei Mensah Bonsu for his comments
The leader of the opposition in Parliament asks for a minute silence for their departed colleague, Joseph Boakye Danquah.