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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Akufo-Addo asks for Okyenhene’s blessings

The 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo, has asked for the blessings of the Okyenhene, Osaagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin II, as he begins his 28-month journey to the December 2012 general elections.

It was the first maiden courtesy call of Nana Akufo-Addo since his landslide victory last Saturday as the flag bearer of the main opposition party. The visit took place at the Ofori Panin Fie in Kyebi, in the Eastern Region.

Nana Akufo-Addo, in his short speech, thanked the Okyenhene, his cousin and customary grandfather, for his “ever constant moral support and guidance” and asked the Okyenhene to continue encouraging him in his political journey, which is in its 35th year.

“At the weekend, Nana, I received a very humbling overwhelming endorsement from party delegates across all ten regions of the country. It has given the party a strong platform of unity and strength to challenge for the presidency and parliamentary majority in 2012.”

He continued, “Nana (Okyenhene) the dream of the founding fathers of our party, Dr Danquah, Dr Busia and the others are very much alive today. By the Grace of God and the votes of the majority of Ghanaians, we hope to recapture power in 2012 and extend the frontiers of liberty and prosperity for the masses of our people.”

In a brief response, the Okyenhene congratulated Nana Akufo-Addo on his 79% landslide victory and also called on him to work hard and pray hard in fulfillment of that dream.

He also congratulated the entire NPP for conducting the elections in a free, fair and peaceful manner and urged the other parties in Ghana and on the continent to see what they can emulate from it in the collective quest to enhance multiparty democracy.

Over 107,000 delegates across 128 constituencies in Ghana voted on Saturday to elect the 2012 Presidential Candidate of the NPP.

Nana Akufo-Addo went to Kyebi, after attending the parliamentary primary of the Atiwa constituency. Akwasi Amoako-Atta, the Atiwa District Assembly presiding officer, was nominated by Atiwa NPP delegates for the bye-election which takes place on 31st August.

The seat was declared vacant after the death of Kwasi Ankama, the Member of Parliament of Ghana. 


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