Accra Mail (Accra)

20 May 2008

Ghana: It is Money, Money, Money - Pay Up!

Accra — With the battle lines for Elections 2008 steadily taking shape, the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) yesterday launched an initiative to raise funds for the party's campaign.

The mobile phone support programme initiative with the rather longish name of "The NPP/Nana Akufo-Addo SMS Text and Support Programme", according to the chairman of the fund raising committee of the party, Mr. Hackman Owusu Agyeman would generate more than two hundred thousand Ghana cedis a month.

He explained that the NPP has a voter population of about 4 million and they would be getting the projected amount if half of that population texts every month.

Mr. Hackman Owusu Agyeman said the "unique" initiative is to give every supporter of the party an opportunity of "identifying with and owning our goals, aspirations and eventual victory in the crucial 2008 election ".

By texting 'NPP' to Onetouch or Kasapa, using the common short code 'One' and NPP or 1677, he said, "you would be making a direct and personal contribution to the campaign effort of the party." Each text message that is sent, he said, would cost the sender one Ghana cedi.

Mr. Owusu Agyeman said with this initiative and many others in the pipeline, the NPP will win this year's elections by sweat and toil and by the way and manner that the party relates to the people. "Remember, the more you text, the more you consolidate our party's march to victory in the general elections and ensure a prosperous Ghana for all", he said.

The presidential candidate of the party, Nana Akufo-Addo, who launched the programme, said money is the life of any political campaign and without it "no matter how good your message is you can't win and we need more, more, more money".

He said since 1992, the party has enjoyed the goodwill and support of a large section of the membership through direct contribution and donation of hard cash and in kind, which kept the internal structures of the "great Danquah-Busia tradition resilient but is has been observed that large numbers of our supporters and sympathizers have found it cumbersome to express their support for the party's cause because of the absence of a simple vehicle for channeling the average member's contribution and donation to the party, that is why we must all welcome this innovation that will help the progress of our party".

He said he believes in the prospect of the country and that he does not believe in "people saying we want to get to the middle income status, I am thinking of how quickly we can join the first world." Nana Akufo-Addo told the media that this initiative and many others are what the people of Ghana should be told.

"This will then help us compare our track records The identification hair cut, the arbitrary rule, the lack of freedom and the rest, these are the matters of the day for the Ghanaian people", he said.

Present at the launch were Dr Kofi Konadu Apraku, the Director of Campaign, Jake Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey-the Chairman of the Campaign and Mr. Yaw Osarfo Maafo- a former presidential aspirant.

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