Scores of Ghanaians yesterday expressed their dissatisfaction with the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and conveniently called for the return of the largest opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), to power to save the nation from economic hardship.
At the party’s ‘Unity Walk’, which started from the Nima roundabout through Accra Newtown to Kwame Nkrumah Circle, most traders and onlookers waved in support of the walk, which was also to show solidarity to the Founder’s Day celebration.
Most traders long the routes who could not hide their love and support of the NDC were seen in the party T-shirts and other NDC paraphernalia, chanting songs and slogans of NDC, ‘Eye zu, eye za, JM,’ among other shouts of solidarity.
It was evidently clear on the faces of Ghanaians that the economy is not good and that they need the return of the NDC to government which brought to life developmental projects and also stabilized the cedi against the dollar at GHC3.50 to a dollar.
The enthusiasm and the cry for NDC’s return were also witnessed at the Accra Central Business District, as most market women could not hide their joy in seeing NDC.
Some expressed regret for voting the NPP into power and called for change, as they chant, “Change for Change,” to signify their support to remove the Akufo-Addo government in 2020 general elections.
As part of their reasons, they asserted the ruling NPP worsens the development agenda and also complaining of the delay in the validation that goes ahead of their September salary.
The former Mayor of Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), Mr. Kojo Bonsu, who initiated the ‘Unity Walk’, with the maiden edition held in Tamale two weeks ago, said the ‘struggling NPP government worsens the plight of Ghanaians with their insensitive policies.
According to him, at every corner in Ghana, people are crying and most of them who were deceived at the 2016 elections regretted for voting for the Nana Akufo-Addo.
He told The Gazette that, the Unity Walk is organized to ensure the party remained united and focused into the next election, adding that it would help heal wounds within the rank and file of the party ahead of the election 2020.
So far, the Northern Region has held their Unity Walk last month, the KMA boss hinted, after the Greater Accra, the next walk would come off in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region.
The Greater Accra Unity Walk was spearheaded by the regional executives, led by Chairman Ade Coker.
Scores of party supporters, including former Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, took part in the walk, but has had to break along the way to attend to other equally important activity.
Some of the party gurus and Presidential aspirants who joined the ‘Unity Walk’ were Chief of staff, Julius Debrah, Lee Ocran, Prof. Joshua Alabi, and Sylvester Mensah.
Other national executives including Chairman Kofi Portuphy,Kofi Adams, NationalOrganizer, KokuAnyidoho, Deputy National General Secretary, some sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), former Ministers, constituency and branch executives were fully participated.
Addressing the teeming supporters at the Community Centre, near the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, who were witnessing the biggest event after the party’s defeat in the 2016 elections, the National Chairman, Sir Dr. Kofi Portuphy, informed the crowd that Ghana has only one founder, and that was Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, and no other person or persons like the NPP government wants Ghanaians to believe.
He encouraged the party’s foot-soldiers to remain committed as usual and work hard for the NDC to return to power in 2020 as Ghanaians are demanding.
Sir Portuphy, now the leader of the party per its constitution, also charged the party followers to come to the National Theatre to listen for themselves the real history about who founded Ghana.
Other leading members took turns to address the NDC supporters and urged them not to be discouraged and that Ghanaians are realizing the difference between the NDC and NPP, which is more competent to entrust their destiny to.