The National Executive Council of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has officially acclaimed President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the party’s presidential nominee for the 2020 general election.
The President also picked his three-time running mate and “intelligent” Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia to partner him for the fourth time to victory in the upcoming elections.
Vice President Bawumia’s nomination was also unanimously acclaimed by members of the National Council on Saturday amid ecstasy that NPP has once again picked a winning to team repeat what happened in the 2016 polls.
The acclamation was in consonance with Article 13 (2) (1) of the NPP Constitution, which provides for acclamation where there is a sole candidate for the Presidency by the close of nominations.
President Nana Akufo-Addo was the sole candidate for the NPP presidential slot.
Delivering his acceptance speech, the President assured the NPP that he would lead it to another victory in the December 7, 2020, general election.
He stated that the forthcoming presidential election is a contest about leadership, performance and integrity.
The December elections, he maintained, represents the clearest of choices ever for the Ghanaian because it is between the current president and the president that was voted out in the last contest.
“The presidential election is about the performances of these two men when given the opportunity by the Ghanaian people to lead.
“It is about measuring records against promises. It is about which of the two leaders have shown in office that he knows how to manage the economy,” President Akufo-Addo added.
According to him, the impending election is about which of the two leaders the Ghanaian voter can trust to deliver and which of the two can be trusted with the future of Ghanaian children.
“It is about which of the two leaders you can depend on in times of crises.
“It is about which of the two leaders you believe can put in motion the necessary measures to revive and strengthen the economy, businesses and social services and build the country out of the coronavirus pandemic,” he pointed out.
Ghana, President Akufo-Addo said, is on the brink of a decisive step into a brighter future that will deliver progress and prosperity to all Ghanaians.
According to him, a united NPP working under his leadership in tandem, “With my brilliant and resourceful four-time running mate, Vice President Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia who has just been resoundingly acclaimed by the National Council.”
“The man who consistently send shivers down the spine of our opponents can in all humility lead Ghana and the Ghanaian people to take this giant step forward.”
President Akufo-Addo appealed to sympathizers of the NPP to work hard together for great victory on 7th December 2020 and embrace the future and destiny with confidence.”
Four more years, he said, for Nana and the NPP to do more for Ghana.
President Akufo-Addo noted that demagogue pronouncements about ‘love of the masses’ do not put food on the table, do not send the child to school, do not guarantee access to good healthcare, and do not assure the pensioner the value of his pension.
The NPP, he said, does not believe in pitting the rich against the poor or the poor against the rich.
President Akufo-Addo reaffirmed the party’s belief in helping every Ghanaian to climb up the ladder of progress, which the government has been consistent in not just in words but in deeds.
He noted that those responsible for the worst economic performance of the last 30 years are claiming to have learned their mistakes and seeking another opportunity to correct their mistakes.
He quizzed, “Dare I ask should the presidency be for experiments? Surely not! You the Ghanaian people deserve better and you will get better on 7th December with four more years for Nana and the NPP to do more for you.”
The NPP, he said, must win the election to see through the many projects started by the government to a conclusion.
He warned Ghanaians not to dare to leave the manufacturers coming up under our 1D1F scheme for the NDC to be truncated.
“We dare not leave the free SHS to be reviewed. We cannot leave our roads to go unattended again only to become part of green book propaganda.”
“We dare not jeopardize the digitization schedule on which we have embarked,” he stressed.
He urged all NPP sympathizers to go out with the confidence that comes from a government performing well and running the Affairs of the country competently and tell the good story to Ghanaians.