The flag-bearer of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says he is not into politics to receive bribes but to jealously guard the country’s resources for nation building to the benefit of all.
Addressing a gathering of party supporters Sunday at Ekon at the end of his four-day tour of the Central Region, Nana Akufo-Addo said he is a clean politician who has never stolen from the State at the time that he served the nation in various capacities.
“I am not into politics to take bribes or be corrupt. I did not come into politics to line my pockets with the money of poor Ghanaians. That is not why I am into politics. I am clean, because I did not go into government (from 2001 to 2007) to steal money. The same way, when you repose your confidence in me and help me win the elections, I assure you that I will jealously guard the resources of the nation to the benefit of all Ghanaians,” he said.
He said his political opponents are struggling to sully his reputation but have failed to succeed in their bid, saying “they have looked everywhere, and still they have nothing against me. They try to say this and that, and to find something against me. But, up till today, there is nothing against me. This is because I was clean when I was in government. I did not go into government to steal money.”
Nana Akufo-Addo was speaking against the backdrop of what he described widespread cases of corruption and theft and weak economy under President John Mahama’s administration, which has said has caused severe hardships and suffering to Ghanaians
“The thievery of public resources has become too much under President Mahama. Bribery, corruption and thievery have become the order of the day under President Mahama,” he said, adding “Our economy is in a weak state, and that is why everything has become so difficult in Ghana”
He claimed the legacy of President Mahama is widespread poverty, the lack of jobs for Ghanaian youth, high electricity and water tariffs, and the non-profitable nature of business, which he said has resulted in the collapse of many businesses.
Notwithstanding, he urged the people not to despair as Ghana can reverse its dwindling fortunes with the right leadership and policies in place, which he said he and his NPP possess.
“Look up to me and the NPP. Open the door for me this year. Try me, and when you give me the opportunity, I will not disappoint you. One man has transformed the circumstances of his people, and now Cote d’Ivoire is now the envy of countries in the sub-region. I am asking Ghanaians to give me the chance to do for Ghana what Alassane Ouattara is doing for Cote d’Ivoire,” he asked the people.