The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has thanked the Chiefs and people of the Volta Region for the “exceptional welcome” he has received from them since he began his 4-day tour of the region.
Worshipping with congregants at the S.S Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Aflao on Sunday, May 22, 2016, at the end of his tour, Nana Akufo-Addo expressed his appreciation to the region for being with him throughout the entire duration of the tour.
Nana Akufo-Addo told the crowd of supporters that: “I am very grateful to all the people I have met for the wonderful welcome that they have given me and my delegation. May God bless you all.”
The tour saw him visit Anloga, Keta, Adidome, Ave-Dakpa, Akatsi, Klikor, Agbozume and Aflao to interact with the Chiefs and people. He told the congregation that his presence in the region was meant to “repair the relationship and close the gap between the Volta Region and the NPP”.
Afforded the opportunity to address the congregation by Rev. Fr. Johnson Edzi, the NPP flagbearer, as he has done throughout the tour, urged the congregation to ignore the vile propaganda making the rounds in the region about him and the NPP.
“They say I am old man with one foot in the grave. But, here I am. I am ok. As for death it’s up to the Almighty. We all don’t know when we will be called. What you see before you is a small man with a big heart for Ghana,” he said.
Describing 2016 as a critical year for the country, the NPP flagbearer explained that he is offering himself for the leadership of the country “because I believe I have something to contribute to making Ghana a much stronger and prosperous country, where there are jobs for our young people. That is why I am contesting for the leadership. I cannot succeed without your support. And, that is why I am here, to plead for the support of the Volta Region.”
With Pope Francis decreeing 2016 as “The Year of Mercy”, “we pray that the Almighty will show His Mercy to Ghana, and we pray for the peace and stability of our country. That he should show Mercy to the Electoral Commission, so they can conduct a free, fair and transparent election. If it is free and fair, the results can easily be accepted by everybody, so that there will be peace in our country.”
He also urged the congregation to remember the NPP in their prayers, and “pray for victory for the NPP this year. And please don’t forget your man-servant, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in your prayers. Pray that the Almighty give me strength, wisdom, courage and a compassionate heart to be a good leader.”
Chairman of NPP Volta Region, John Peter Amewu, on behalf of the party, donated 10 packets of roofing sheets to the church.
At the Global Evangelical Church – Victory Centre, Aflao, Nana Akufo-Addo, also given the opportunity to speak by Rev. Awumi, Head Pastor of the Church, encouraged members of the church not to despair and lose hope, in the face of mounting and severe economic difficulties confronting the nation, under the leadership of President Mahama.
“We, in the NPP, have the men and women to give this nation a first class government that will turn the fortunes of the country around and give Ghanaians a decent standard of living, because we are going to work honestly to solve the problems of our people,” he indicated.
The NPP flagbearer, at the church, donated an unspecified amount of money towards the Church’s building project.
Nana Akufo-Addo also worshipped at the Church of Pentecost, Aflao Assembly, where he urged the congregation to continue to repose their faith in God. He appealed to the congregation to vote for him and the NPP, in this year’s elections, stating that “trust me and try me, and I will not disappoint you.”
Apart from Mr Amewu, the NPP flagbearer was accompanied Tommy Amematekpor, former Advisor to former President Kufuor; Mrs Agnes Okudzeto, former NPP 3rd National Vice Chairperson; Dr. Archibald Letsa, Volta Regional NPP 1st Vice Chairman; Joe Denteh, NPP Volta Regional Treasurer; Joseph Hoemenyah, NPP Volta Regional Secretary; Maxwell Lugudor, NPP parliamentary candidate for Ketu South; Kenwuud Nuworsu, former Volta Regional NPP Chairman; Joseph Nayan, former Volta Region Deputy Minister and former NPP MP for Nkwanta North; Johnson Avulate, former Volta Regional NPP Organiser; Campaign Aides, Pius Enam Hadzide, Iddrisu Musah ‘Superior’ and Fatimatu Abubakar, amongst others.