Mankessim — Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has stated categorically that the Central Region would play a deciding role to determine the winner of the 2012 election. The Central Region has been described by political analysts as the gateway to the Castle, and that any political party which wins the region wins the presidential slot. In 2000 and 2004, NPP won the region.
However in 2008, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) won, resulting in the winning of the presidential slot which gives credence to the Mr. Kufuor's assertion that the region is a crucial decider in the upcoming election.
The former Ghanaian leader who benefitted two times from the region made this remark when he addressed a regional mammoth rally in the nodal city of Mankessim on Sunday, to rally support for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Presidential candidate, Nana Akufo Addo, to implement his free SHS education policy.
Ex-President Kufuor, therefore, appealed to the people to remember massive developmental projects the NPP government undertook and vote for the party to come and continue the good works it started in the region.
He further admonished the people to support the NPP to snatch 18 seats out of the 23 available, to consolidate the party's invincibility in the area.
Mr. Kufuor deflated the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) Government's claim that they had unquestionable record in educational infrastructure development, adding that the NDC had soon forgotten the second cycle schools transformed into model ones during NPP regime.
According to him, SHS policy would be NPP's gift to Ghanaians when given the mandate in December 7 poll, to help the underprivileged in society to enable them have access to quality education from Kindergarten to SHS.
He posited that Nana Akufo Addo has been groomed to assume the high office of the land, adding that Nana Addo would take Ghanaians to the "promised land."
When Nana Addo mounted the podium, he told the teeming crowd that Ghana did not deserve to be at where it is now in terms of development, because the NPP left the strong economy before the advent of the NDC in 2009, claiming the NDC has destroyed all the good policies initiated by former President Kufuor.
Nana Addo reiterated his commitment to bring back the Fisheries Ministry to take care of the fishing industry.
He pledged to restore the value of the cedi to make the economy stronger than it is now through industrialization.