By Samuel Duodu, Sunyani
Brong Ahafo Regional Branch of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), “One Touch” club has been inaugurated in Sunyani by the National Coordinator of the club, Mr Morris Badu.
The club, which has Mrs Dorothy Ama Amponsah as its Regional Chairperson, is to canvass for more votes for the NPP Presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in the Brong Ahafo Region, to ensure a first round victory for him and the party in the December 7 polls.
Other executive members of the club are Mr Philemon Sabi, Secretary, Mr Osei Kwadwo, Organizer, Mr Franklin Ofori, Deputy Organizer, Madam Akosuaa Addae, Treasurer and Madam Dorcas Nana Owusuaa, Women Organizer.
Speaking at a rally held at the Victoria Park in Sunyani on Sunday to inaugurate the club, Nana Obiri Boahen, Minister of State at the Ministry of Interior, gave the assurance that the government was prepared to go all out, to ensure peaceful elections on December 7.
He also stated that the government would hand over power peacefully, to the political party that would emerge as the winner in the December 7, polls.
Nana Boahen however, cautioned that the government would not tolerate those who will foment trouble on the voting day and after, saying that the government and for that matter the security agencies were already aware of those who were bent on fomenting trouble and were prepared to deal decisively with those elements if they made such attempt.
He further debunked the assertion and allegations by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) that the NPP government had put in place elaborate plans to rig the December 7, elections, saying, “It is not true that the NPP wants to rig the election.”
Nana Boahen urged the NPP supporters to be law abiding, respectful and obedient on the voting day and eschew all acts that could affect the electoral process.
He also encouraged them to channel all their energies into the campaign to ensure an overwhelming first round victory for the party in the polls.
Nana Boahen added that from all indications, the NPP was poised to win the December 7 general elections but it was the responsibility of every party member, to intensify their campaigns to ensure a first round victory for the party.
Mr J.H. Mensah, the Chairman of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) and the sitting NPP Member of Parliament (MP) for Sunyani East, said the NDC was scared of the overwhelming support that the NPP was enjoying from Ghanaians, as a result of the pro-poor policies and programmes introduced by the government coupled with the massive infrastructural development, that was why it was using false alibis that the NPP was going to rig the elections.
He urged supporters of the NPP to turn out early on the election day, comport themselves and cast their votes peacefully to ensure a first round victory for the party, saying, they should also exercise restraint on that day even in the face of extreme provocation from their opponents in order to ensure peaceful polls.
The National Coordinator of the NPP ‘One Touch’ club, Mr Morris Badu urged members of the club not to engage opponents of the party in any argument but to tolerate them and ensure that they win them over to their fold to help the club realise its objective of ensuring a first round victory for the party in the December 7 polls.
The Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) and the Regional National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) Coordinator, Messrs Kwame Twumasi Awuah and Kwasi Annan Frimpong respectively, who took turns to address the gathering urged Ghanaians to vote massively for the NPP and its presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, since he had good intentions for the country and the welfare of every Ghanaian at heart.
They also urged the electorate to look at the good works of the NPP government under President Kufuor, which had pursued human centred policies and programmes such as the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP), the free school feeding programme and the fee-free basic education and vote for the NPP.
“These are the legacies of the NPP under President Kufuor, which Nana Akufo-Addo will continue and also make Senior High School education free and extend the school feeding programme to cover all basic schools in the country,” Mr Awuah added.