Ms. Charita Sarpong Kumankoma, the running mate of Dr. Abu Sakara Foster on the ticket of the Convention People's Party for next month's Presidential and Legislative elections, says corruption and greed on the part of the leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) had reduced the country into a land of broken dreams.
"We have gargantuan corruption,'Dum So Dum So' and no accountability. No one is accounting to us, telling us where our money is going. We need a complete shift in leadership.
"Ghana has now become a land of broken dreams. That is why I have abdicated from my stool to help redeem the nation," Ms. Sarpong, who until recently, was the Queen Mother of the Dormaa Traditional Area, submitted at the Institute of Economic Affairs organized Vice-Presidential Debate in Takoradi on Tuesday night.
She told the large audience at the Akroma Plaza Hotel in Down Town Takoradi that leadership was about thinking through and solving problems like corruption, creating jobs and generally moving the economy.
The CPP, she assured Ghanaians, would go back to the basis of using agriculture to help set up industries to ginger the economy, arrest the free fall of the cedi, by minimizing imports and encourage exports of 'made in Ghana goods' and help create jobs for the teeming population wallowing in poverty, as a result of unemployment and low wages.
"What people want to know is whether the single digit inflation being bandied about reflects in the pocket," she surmised.
The CPP Vice-Presidential Candidate told the audience and armchair television viewers across the country that the idea of Regional Integration was first mooted by Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, first President of Ghana, and that the CPP would encourage more trade between Ghana and her West African neighbours, as a means of deepening integration in the sub-region.
She said her main goal in entering into politics was to promote equal opportunity for all Ghanaians and to exhibit their talents to enable the country progress, saying that the fact that she was standing on the podium debating with men and fighting for the second highest office in the land, indicated that given the opportunity, women and the people with disabilities who have been marginalized in the country would contribute positively to the advancement of society.
She identified a close relationship between water and sanitation and asked that local government by-laws on sanitation ought to be enforced to rid the country of filth.
On a day, when women debaters virtually boxed their more illustrious men to the corner, Ms. Helen Sanorita Dzatugbe Matrevi, who is running for the office of Vice-President on the ticket of the People's National Convention, said the party would concentrate on arresting the free-fall of the cedi, encourage consumption of local produce, as against mass importation of every available commodity.
She said the PNC would sustain and improve upon the 14 percent increase in Gross Domestic Product achieved in the NDC administration promising that a future PNC administration would decrease the national debt by encouraging self-reliance and getting the country working.
The running mate to Mr. Hassan Ayariga, said an incoming PNC administration would mount series of education on sanitation to improve the hygienic conditions of cities, towns and villages in the country, to keep the health bill of the country down and thus encourage more tourists to visit Ghana..
She said an administration run by the PNC would encourage the construction of high rise buildings to bridge the housing deficit and to conserve land. Ms. Matrevi said the PNC would uphold affirmative action to get women and the physically challenged to play their rightful role in society.
"Statistics on the census of the country say there are more women than men in Ghana. But women in Ghana are under represented in top jobs in Ghana."
A PNC Government would increase the level of education of women and empower them financially, She added.