5 December 2012

Ghana: Nduom - I'm the Real Deal, Others Are Pretenders

Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, presidential candidate of the Progressive People's Party (PPP) has on the final day of electioneering campaigns declared himself the only action-oriented candidate. The others, he says, are all pretenders who must be rejected at the polls.

Addressing a news conference in Accra Wednesday as part of his campaign to get Ghanaians elect him president, Nduom who brandished documents he claimed detailed his tax obligations records, campaign funding sources and how the monies have been expended so far, challenged Ghanaians to demand same from all others putting themselves up for election.

Among documents he exhibited were income tax certificates, asset declaration forms and a PPP party financial report.

He said transparency, accountability and sincerity must be the key determinants by which Ghanaians should judge the other contestants, calling on every electorate to make Friday, December 7 a judgement day.

"My fellow Ghanaians, now you have a real choice to make between pretenders and doers. While the pretenders talk, a doer like Papa Kwesi Nduom will take strong, bold steps and do what will make this nation great and strong by ridding this country of corruption. I am human, but on the platform of incorruptible leadership, I stand alone. I stand alone as the only one in the presidential race this year, willing to make a great, personal sacrifice."

He said by his example, politics in Ghana will forever be transformed as the PPP sets a new high standard of accountability for others to follow.

But while he was happy to set that new standard, he noted that that standard of freely and willingly making certain information public is only the accepted minimum practice in every economically advanced country. "In every country with a standard of living that we aspire to, presidential candidates must release this type of information to the electorate."

According to Dr. Nduom, if the political parties and electoral laws were applied strictly, there would be perhaps only three political parties that would pass the test, and they would certainly include the PPP.

"I also want everybody to know that it is our members and known supporters who have made it possible for us to come this far. This is very important because we do not want foreign governments, suppliers and contractors from foreign lands to buy elections in this country and put their puppets in power to serve their interests. We do not want stolen money or drug money to influence our voting choices. As oil and gas investment opportunities expand in this country, we need a political party to hold power with a clean heart and mind. We want transparency and accountability to truly, truly come and stay in Ghana. And I'm not talking about mouth transparency, I'm talking about action transparency and accountability."

Nduom also used the occasion to deny long-held rumours that he bears United States of America citizenship, saying it is never the case.

"...I have never, ever been a citizen of any country other than Ghana. Never been, never will, ok, so when some leaders push their small boys out to the media to go and wage a propaganda battle, tell them as for the dirt it won't stick. It will not stick, they can shout all they want...", he said.

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