5 December 2012

Ghana: Don't Sell Your Vote for a Piece of Cloth

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) women elders wing has accused the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) of vote buying by distributing pieces of cloth and GH¢50 to women in North Nkoransa and especially those in the hinterland, to solicit their votes in the Friday polls.

The women elders, led by Mrs. Gladys Asmah, believe that no amount of gifts are substitute for the proposed free fee paying Senior High School policy to be introduced by the flagbearer of the NPP, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo.

According to the NPP women elders, an educated person can buy more than a piece of cloth and urged women not to fall victim to selling their children's education for a piece of cloth.

The NPP women elders made this observation when they interacted with journalists at an event held at the party's headquarters in Accra on Monday.

Worried about the trend in the electioneering campaign, the NPP women elders urged Ghanaians not to lose focus but vote massively for the presidential candidate of the party, Nana Addo, in the December 7 polls, saying "Nana is the only candidate who has the interest of the nation at heart.'

According to Mrs. Asmah, the NPP has been most persuasive in their campaign messages so far, especially in the area of health and education.

"We have listened and evaluated all the candidates and their campaign messages, and we have come to the conclusion that the interest of women in this country will be best served by Nana Addo as the President of Ghana, and we are urging all women to vote for him on December 7," noted Mrs. Asmah.

Mrs. Asmah added that they have confidence in Nana Addo and the NPP, since his predecessor, former President Kufour proved the party's love for the nation, by introducing capitation grant, free maternity care, free basic education and metro mass transit among other things.

She noted that all women have good reasons to believe and feel safer with the NPP, saying "Every mother wants the best for her child, we have mothers who have sold their valuable possession to see their children through school."

"It is better for your child to go to a school with inadequate facilities rather than selling dog chains on the street, free SHS is good for our women, for our children and for our nation" she intoned.

In another development, NPP members from the United State of America (USA), led by the NPP Chairman of the United Kingdom, Mr. Nana Agyei Yaboah emphasized that the NDC had no reason to ask the people of Ghana for four more years, but should apologize for their first four years since they have nothing to show Ghanaians.

According to him, the NDC in just four years had borrowed more money than all the previous governments, from Kwame Nkrumah to John Agyekum Kufuor.

"If a government borrows so much in so little time, and has done so little with it, why should we give it more time to cause more damage to our dear nation" he questioned.

"John Mahama is going around the country telling people that anything free is not quality. By President Mahama's logic, anything free about him cannot also be quality, including his presidency, that we all know also came to him free, because he was not voted into office."

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