Kumasi — The flag bearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has reiterated his commitment towards fulfilling his campaign promises, when elected as President of Ghana.
Nana Addo said his promises were not mere rhetoric, but rather carefully thought through policies that were not only realistic, but also achievable.
The NPP leader has further emphasized that he would work hard to ensure that his promise in 2008, to bring a major facelift to the Ashanti Region and improve the lives of the people, are realized when elected.
Nana Addo made the promise at the Manhyia Palace when he led a team of party stalwarts, including his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, to pay a courtesy call on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, and his elders.
The visit was to officially introduce his running mate to the Ashanti King, and to also ask for his blessings and mercies, as he confronts the December 7 elections.
He said, as he did in 2008, he was at the palace to seek the support and benediction of the King and his elders as custom demanded, and to assure him of his commitment towards ensuring his vision of the economic transformation and development of Ghana, once elected.
"I know I came to you in 2008, and you gave me your blessing, but God knew what he was doing, but I hope that this year, he would show his face to me and grant me the opportunity to serve Ghana; but for that to happen, I will count on you and the support of Asanteman," he stressed.
Nana Addo said being the bedrock of the party, he would, once again, count on the people of the region to push his vision of fee-free senior high school (SHS), and the socio-economic issues on which the party espouses, ahead of the elections.
"I know how Ashanti Region supported my cause in 2008, and I would expect the same thing this year, even more come, December 7," he noted.
According to him, his promise of constructing an interchange at Kejetia, and modernizing the Kumasi Airport, amongst other important development projects, were still fresh in his mind, and that he would fulfill them to the satisfaction of all.
Nana Addo further noted that he would make sure funds were readily available for his free SHS policy, stressing that education would be one of his major priorities when elected to assume office as the president of the country.
"It is an undeniable fact that when it comes to investing in education, everybody will attest to it that you, as a King, have done your part, and I want to support in that direction, and I will ensure that senior high school becomes free and accessible to all," Nana Addo stressed.
Nana Addo pledged further that conflict or any form of violence would never be his portion, stressing that if anything untoward would happen in this year's election, it would certainly not emanate from the NPP.
"I can assure Otumfuo and Asanteman that if anything will happen this year, it will not come from NPP, because we, NPP, love peace and will always work towards that," he noted..
Speaking on behalf of the Asantehene, the Paramount Chief of the Offinso Traditional Council, Nana Wiafe Akenten III, advised the NPP flagbearer and his party to put the interest of Ghana first and work hard to ensure that the peace and tranquility being enjoyed by the people were maintained.
Stressing that he had no iota of doubt about the credibility of the party to deliver, citing its previous records in the area of free health care and other social intervention programmes, the Asantehene said he wished the blessings of God for the NPP presidential candidate, and hoped that the Almighty God would see him through.
From the Manhyia Palace, Nana Addo and his entourage toured parts of the Kumasi Central Market, where he was received by a mob of party supporters, bringing activities and vehicular movements in and around the market to a standstill.
The NPP presidential candidate was accompanied on his visit by the National Chairman of the party, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, the National Campaign Manager, Boakye Agyarko, the MP for Manhyia, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Regional Chairman of the party Mr. F. F. Antoh, Hajia Alima Mahama, former Women and Children's Minister, and a host of other party bigwigs.