For Ghana to take its rightful place and be more relevant in today's world, it needs bold, inspiring and visionary leadership, devoid of corruption and cronyism, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, flagbearer of the National Democratic Party (NDP), has stated.
The flagbearer made the remarks on Monday, in an interview on Adom FM's Morning Show.
"On 7th December, Ghanaians will have the opportunity to choose leaders who are not corrupt, and who will place people over their personal needs. In this world, to be competitive in all aspects, it demands radical socio-economic transformation," Nana Konadu said.
"For this to happen, Ghana needs a new kind of leadership - one that has a vision for the country; one that can inspire the people, and one that can be bold to fight corruption, mismanagement of the nation's resources, cronyism and recklessness in governance. This nation cannot go on doing things as usual. We must elect people who have a passion and commitment for rapid development, as well as the well-being of the people."
The leadership, Nana Konadu added, must be confident, assertive, innovative and committed to promoting and defending the interest of the people first. We may have the oil and other natural resources, but we should place more emphasis on developing the human resource of the nation, instead of just focusing on the natural resources, hoping that when we develop the natural resources, we can have our loot. The people's interest and development must be placed above our politics.
"Above all, it should be prepared to seek solutions from within, and adopt the philosophies and practices that will deal with the various challenges that we face, and develop ideas to propel our nation towards the best that it deserves, and not just the better."
She bemoaned the continued corruption and mismanagement in the government, and asked that all of us would require going beyond the conventional, and be bold to keep on changing governments that are corrupt, till we find one that will focus on development for all the people.
When asked the way forward for the NDP, she said the party had fielded over 150 parliamentary candidates, and she hoped many of them would find themselves in the national legislature, so that they can influence decisions, based on the philosophies and principles of the NDP.
"Ghana is not where it should be, not because of a lack of resources or human capital. The issue has been that we still do have leaders who are not bold to deal with corruption, and come across with ideas to change our districts and communities, the capacity to mobilise our people, and vision and drive to spur innovation and development." she said, but, the trend must change.
According to Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, we cannot elect leaders who are expected to make the best decisions for the rapid development of the people, and only end up thinking of how to amass wealth through corrupt practices, and making the people poorer, only for such leaders to use the tool of propaganda and name-calling of its critics to cover their rot.
"The solutions to the problems we face, as a country, does not lie in going for huge loans, but managing our resources well, and curbing reckless spending, graft and mismanagement. We can have policies and ideas that will provide the answer, not only for development, but also for the restoration of our national dignity," she said.
"The NDP is going to live on, because it is a registered political party in Ghana, and will go on to re-strategise from 2013 and beyond to bring a new form of politics in Ghanaian politics, where the people will be placed at the center of national development. That means change, because the status quo has proved unsatisfactory.
"The NDP has men and women who cannot be bought, and no political party can say they are bankrolling the NDP. If it were so, we would be doing the same gargantuan rallies and billboards you see around. Our success is because we have a new generation of people with ideas and values crucial to national development - resilience, self-reliance, boldness, accountable, confidence and social cohesion.
NDP has among other policies, adopted initiatives to eradicate poverty and improve the lives of the people."