Friends of John Dramani Mahama (USA Chapter) was successfully inaugurated in Woodbridge, Virginia on April 25, 2015. The Inauguration was attended by hundreds of young and old people and NDC sympathizers. There were also high powered representation from Akwaaba Radio, Sankofa Radio and African Post Magazine. The well attended inauguration was performed by the former Ghana’s Ambassador to the US, Ambassador KobyKoomsom.
In his Inaugural speech, Ambassador Koomsom, who also was the Chairman of the function, and a Patron of the group, recounted the history of “dumsor” back to the days of President John Jerry Rawlings and stated that when President Bill Clinton of USA visited West Africa, it was frequent lights off that made President Clinton not to sleep in Ghana. He stated that of all the countries that President Bill Clinton visited, it was only Ghana that the American President did not sleep. The reason given by the Secret Service was that due to the irregular power supply in the country, it posed a security threat to their President.
The Former Ambassador therefore asked Ghanaians to be patient with President Mahama since no condition is permanent. He said President Mahama has said he will fix the energy crisis and it takes time to fix a problem that has been there since the era of President John Jerry Rawlings. He stated that the President has up to December 2016 to deliver on his 2012 manifesto and if he has said he will fix the energy crisis by end of 2015, what Ghanaians need to do is to be patient and encourage the President to deliver a better Ghana to them before he leaves office in December 2020.
On his part, the Guest of Honor, Mr. CobbyBoahene, who was a former Chairman of NDC USA, praised the organizers of the event and most of all the group members who made the event a success. He was optimistic that all the hard work that members had put in place will bear fruits in the December 2016 elections. Mr. Boahene recounted all the good projects and developments in Ghana that has either been initiated or completed by President John Mahama. He mentioned the construction of the Kwame Nkrumah, Asokwa and Sofoline interchanges, the Sugar factory at Komenda, the international airports in Kumasi and Tamale, the Central markets at Tamale, Kumasi and Cape Coast, the rehabilitation of the Police, Legon, Tamale, Boltaganga, Ridge, Wa, various District Hospitals, the Cape Coast Sports Stadium, the many water expansion and treatment plants, the shoe factory in Kumasi and many more.
Dr. Lawrence Appiah, Chairman of Friends of John DramaniMahama (USA Chapter) and the Public Relations Officer of NDC Washington Metro Branch, stated that with the inauguration of the group, the train to reelect President has taken off and urged all Ghanaians and President Mahamasympathizers to join the train before it hits the high gear. He said it is better to be a friend to President John DramaniMahama in 2015 than to be a friend to him in 2016. He told the energized group that of all the Presidential candidates born and yet to be born, President John DramaniMahama is the most trained and most qualified to lead Ghana into the 2016 elections. He recounted the qualifications of President Mahama which include his being a three-term Member of Parliament, Deputy Communications Minister, Minister of Communications, Chairman of the National Communications Authority, Vice President of Ghana in January 2009, Care taker President in July 2012, President of Ghana in January 2013 after winning a one-touch presidential race against someone who had campaigned for 12 years. President Mahama campaigned for just 40 days to be President. This has never happened anywhere in the world, and this record is going to be in the books for a very long time.
Dr. Lawrence continued by saying President John DramaniMahama is currently the President of ECOWAS. As President of ECOWAS, he played an important role in the Ebola crisis: He was the first President to travel to the affected places (Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia) to ascertain the true facts on the ground. He was the first President who carried the Ebola crisis to the United Nations and finally, he accepted to build an Ebola Treatment Supply Center in Ghana. President Mahama has never said that somebody should die so he becomes President in an “All die be die” statement. He is a humble gentleman and speaks with clarity. He is a man of peace and recently was enstooled the Prince of Peace in the North. President Mahama has a very good vision for Ghana and a leader with a difference. He is loved by all prominent Ghanaians and leaders across the world and this is why President John DramaniMahama is the best person to take Ghana to the next level. Dr. Lawrence concluded by saying Ghana can only move forward with President Mahama as our captain and this is why they have chosen President John DramaniMahama as their Friend and he is a friend they will keep.
Mr. S. B. Agyapong, who doubles as a Patron of the group and the National Organizer of NDC USA, also thanked the group for the confidence reposed in him and assured the group that he will work hard to realize the full objective of the group. He informed the group that with hard work and perseverance, a one-touch victory will be ours in the 2016 elections and President John DramaniMahama would be the longest democratically elected President in the history of Ghana. Amen. (Which means, let it be)
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