Making a case for him to be elected to form the next government in the ruling party’s stronghold, Nana Akufo-Addo accused the government of wantonly dissipating the country’s resources.
The NPP presidential aspirant is in the Volta Region as the first stop of his nationwide tour dubbed “Arise and Build”. He was accompanied on the tour by his running mate Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and other party officials.
Nana Akufo-Addo said Ghana has no reason to be wallowing in poverty today but for the “massive mismanagement and corruption” under the NDC government.
The NPP, he asserted, have the men and women with the mettle to work honestly for Ghana’s development.
“Where I am and how old I am at least, this is not the time I will start stealing anybody’s wealth,” Nana Akufo-Addo told an animated crowd on Thursday.
“We are coming to do a job for Ghana,” he emphasized.
Nana Akufo-Addo also addressed controversy surrounding his party’s call for a new register for the 2016 general elections. The NDC has rejected the call and accused the NPP of trying to disenfranchise people from the Volta Region.
“Some people are trying to turn our call for a new register into a tribal campaign, a discriminatory campaign,” Nana Akufo-Addo responded, adding that the NPP has nothing against the Volta region.
Only Ghanaians should be allowed to vote in the next elections, he stressed. “We are saying that Ghana’s election is for Ghanaians; Ghana’s election is not a West African election.”
He wondered why the government would have difficulty in agreeing with something that would ensure a clean register like has been done in other African countries including Ghana’s eastern neighbour, Togo.
The only agenda behind the call for a new register is simply a “Ghanaian agenda”, he explained.
The flagbearer was also highly confident that the party will overcome the internal wrangling that is badly affecting the fortunes of the party.
In another development, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, founder of the National Democratic Party is backing calls for a new register.
The former First Lady points to manual voting and counting of ballots as one of the reasons for protest associated with elections in the country.
It is her position that adopting electronic voting will restore confidence and credibility in the electoral process.