THE FORMER President under the erstwhile New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration, Mr. John Agyekum Kufuor, has described the running mate of the party, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, as the divine solution to Ghana current economic woes.
The former President noted that Dr. Bawumia is the perfect answer to the economic and social hardships that the administration of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has brought upon Ghanaians.
Hailing the NPP running mate's profound economic contribution to the development of the country, the former President, described by many as "Gentle Giant", noted that Ghanaians can be rest assured that under Nana Addo-Bawumia administration, the country's ambition of achieving real economic growth and assert its role as the champion of Africa's democracy would be realized.
The former President, who has commenced active role in the party's campaign, was speaking at a Special Prayer and Interaction Session organized by Imams, Chiefs and Opinion Leaders of the Zongo Community in Kumasi on Saturday.
Recounting his experience with the former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana which he said dates back to the late 90s, former President Kufuor said he first met Dr. Bawumia at an Economic Conference in London, which the latter represented Ghana, and after a brief speech "I realized the young man was endowed with something unique in competence and capabilities,".
"After he had finished making his presentation; I got in touch with him and told him he would be a special person, no wonder he rose to the ranks of the Deputy Governor of Bank of Ghana," he noted.
According to Mr. Kufuor, he was not surprised at all when Nana Akufo Addo in 2008, selected him as the running mate and subsequently maintained him for this year's elections, stressing that he is the surest bet to salvage the country from the current economic doldrums.
He said as a President of this country for eight good years, he is fully aware of the contribution Dr. Bawumia made to his administration which saw Ghana record an unprecedented economic growth.
"This young man you see standing beside me," he noted, as he pointed to the NPP running mate, "he is God sent; let's not make any mistake at all by refusing to vote for them because this year's election is about the future, it is about the future of the youth, your children and the prosperity of this country," he observed.
The former President said Dr. Bawumia's little display at the recent Vice Presidential IEA debate held in Takoradi was a little attestation of his economic prowess, adding "such is a man you will need to have as a vice president who will chair the economic management team."
Mr. Kufuor said the NDC administration has totally misused the nation's available resources, leaving Ghanaians in abject poverty and misery and must, therefore, be shown the exit.
The ex-President waded into the ongoing political discussions surrounding the free Senior High School education promised by the NPP, stressing that the policy is highly feasible, looking at the current resources at the disposal of the country.
Mr. Kufuor noted that Ghana has both the capacity and the financial capability to implement the scheme, stressing that those opposing the policy are either being mischievous or are displaying political dishonesty.
He said under the current dispensation, the country needs a human-centered leader; someone with vision and foresight and someone who understands economic management and can be trusted to deliver.
The former President therefore urged the Chiefs and Imams of the Zongo Community to pray for the lives of Ghanaians ahead of the crucial December 7 elections and also spare Nana Akufo Addo and his running mate a special prayer.
He further called on the Electoral Commission to remain transparent and oversee credible elections, reminding them that the fate of the country undoubtedly relies on their sense of judgment and administration.
"If you go on your knees, don't forget to seek spiritual intervention for the EC; ask God to protect them so that they can ensure free, transparent and credible polls in December 7.
The former President was full of praises for the Muslims community for their support throughout his administration and for their decision to pray for the NPP.
The prayer, which preceded the Intersection Gospel Praises and Thanksgiving ceremony held yesterday at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, witnessed highly respected Muslim leaders in Kumasi, including the Regional Chief Imam and Sarkin Zongo, recite parts of the Holy Qur'an and seeking divine intervention for the NPP ahead of the elections.
It was also to commit the entire country into the hands of Allah, Almighty and to seek his blessing and protection, as the country confronts the crucial December, 2012 polls