The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has described as reckless, the comments made by Chief of Staff of the Mahama administration, Julius Debrah, who, whilst campaigning in the Brong Ahafo region, urged Ghanaians to stop patronizing made-in-Ghana fruit juice beverage, Kalyppo.
According to Nana Akufo-Addo, after killing Ghanaian businesses in the last eight years because of poor policies, the Mahama government is now actively campaigning to collapse Ghanaian businesses, which employ thousands of people across the country.
“I have heard one of Mahama’s appointees (Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah) saying that Ghanaians should no longer consume Kalyppo because it contains sugar. So after killing Ghanaian businesses, they are now campaigning to make sure that no one patronises made-in-Ghana products, and thereby collapse Ghanaian businesses? Ghanaians should not pay heed to such loose-talk from officials of the Mahama government,” he said.
Nana Akufo-Addo continued, “If, indeed, sugar was bad, why have they set up the Komenda sugar factory, a factory they have made so much noise about? To them, sugar is bad and, yet, they spent so much money on the Komenda sugar factory, which is not even working? This propaganda will not work.”
The NPP flagbearer stressed that “this year, whatever it is they say, whatever propaganda they churn out, will not work. Ghanaians are going to vote and bring into office an Akufo-Addo government, which is going to improve the wellbeing of Ghanaians. The wind of change is blowing all across Ghana, and nothing, nothing, is going to stop it from succeeding.”
Nana Akufo-Addo was addressing a mammoth night rally at Kwadaso, on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at the end of day-2 of his 4-day campaign tour of the Ashanti region, when he made this known.
The NPP flagbearer maintained that Ghanaians have one simple task ahead of them in this year’s elections.
“The task is to use our thumbs to unseat Mahama and bring in a government led by Akufo-Addo. I am here to appeal to residents of Kwadaso, Kumasi and Asanteman to throw their support behind me, like never before. I want you to vote massively for me, so we can go into Jubilee House and do a job for all Ghanaians which will create jobs, wealth and prosperity for all Ghanaians,” he added.
Nana Akufo-Addo assured the thousands and thousands gathered that he, together with the NPP, is seeking the mandate of the Ghanaian people, so as to be able to use it to implement the policies and programmes which will return Ghana onto the path of progress and prosperity.
“These policies include the revival of the National Health Insurance Scheme, the effective implementation of the Free SHS policy, the 1-District-1-Factory policy, the establishment of the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP), which will ensure that every constituency will receive the equivalent of $1million dollars every year to address developmental issues in the 275 constituencies, amongst others. I will implement all of these policies to the letter,” he assured.
The NPP flagbearer, in concluding, urged residents of Kwadaso to rally behind the NPP’s parliamentary candidate for the constituency, Dr. Samiu Nuamah, and vote massively for him, so the party can eclipse the 83.82% margin of victory obtained in the 2012 elections.
Nana Akufo-Addo also campaigned in the Manhyia South, Atwima Nwabiagya and Adansi Asokwa constituencies on Thursday.