This declaration was made when Joseph Frimpong Osei, the NPP’s candidate for Abirem; Mercy Adu Gyamfi, candidate for Akwatia; and Samuel Nuertey Ayertey, candidate for Lower Manya, in separate visits, paid courtesy calls on Nana Akufo-Addo, the NPP’s 2016 presidential candidate.
Joseph Frimpong Osei, who beat incumbent, Esther Obeng Dapaah, was the first candidate to call on Nana Akufo-Addo.
According to him, with a voter population of some 40,000 people in Abirem, his agenda is to see a massive upsurge in the votes of the NPP from the 17,000 the party garnered in 2012 to 30,000 votes.
“The delegates of the NPP and constituents have resolved to make this possible. They are fed up with the incompetence of this government and are desperately crying for change. I can assure you that come December 2016, when the results of the election in Abirem are announced, you will hear nothing short of votes in the region of 30,000 for the NPP,” he said.
Mercy Adu Gyamfi, the candidate for Akwatia, who was next to call on Akufo-Addo, pledged to reclaim the seat the NPP lost by 557 votes in the 2012 election to Baba Jamal. Not only will she reclaim the seat for the party, but she also assured Nana Akufo-Addo of “an unprecedented margin of victory” for him in the constituency as well.
Samuel Nuertey Ayertey, the candidate for the Lower Manya Krobo constituency was the last to call on Nana Akufo-Addo.
Whilst admitting that, traditionally, the Lower Manya Krobo seat has ‘belonged’ to the NDC, albeit with margins ranging from 2,000 to 6,000 votes, he was confident that he being a “home boy”, who has lived and works in the constituency, coupled with the fact that NPP executives from the region are united, the seat can be won by the NPP.
On his part, Nana Akufo-Addo reiterated his appeal to the newly elected candidates to ensure unity prevails in their respective constituencies at all times, with the surest way of achieving this being the bringing on board of all losing aspirants and their supporters.
The general consensus amongst Ghanaians, according to him, is that change is necessary to rescue Ghana from the dire circumstances she finds herself under the leadership of President John Mahama.
“When we took over the reins of office in 2001, Ghana was a HIPC country. We are back there again under the NDC, with our debt-to-GDP ratio well close to 70%. Under the Kufuor administration, we were able to put this country back on track again, and we will do so again under Akufo-Addo,” he said.
An Akufo-Addo government, he noted, will be coming to “work for everybody in Ghana, and not for a select few. NPP is coming for Ghana.”
The NPP flagbearer pledged to assist the constituencies with the needed resources to enable executives and candidates work effectively and win their respective seats for the NPP. Additionally, Akufo-Addo asked the candidates not to hesitate in calling on him for any assistance they will require in the quest for victory in 2016.