President Nana Akufo-Addo, has expressed confidence that whoever the New Patriotic Party (NPP) selects as its presidential candidate, will win the 2024 elections.
Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is a key contestant in the race and so is Trade Minister, Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanten, but President Akufo-Addo avoided mentioning any of them as his possible replacement.
President Akufo-Addo, acknowledged that, although Ghana has some challenges, his government is resolved to solving them, adding he and his team has the required programmes and policies to fix the current challenges that the country is facing, obviously referring to the “fixthecountry” demonstration which took place last Wednesday.
He, however, said it should be the responsibility of all the rank and file of the ruling party, nevertheless, to do everything necessary so that the objective is achieved.
“I am very confident that on the 7th of December, 2024, the new NPP Presidential Candidate is going to win the elections of 2024.”
President Akufo-Addo, was speaking at the 29th anniversary of the elephant party, whose motto has been ‘Development of Freedom’, yesterday.
The party was founded on July 28, 1992, but chose to mark the day exactly eight days after the 29th year of formation.
It also fell a day after the 74th anniversary of the formation of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), the party to which NPP traces its lineage.
“Yesterday, the nation celebrated the beginning of its fight for freedom that was lit on the 4th of August in Saltpond 1947. By one of those coincidences that perhaps have divine blessings, today we are celebrating the 29th anniversary of the New Patriotic Party, the party that has dedicated itself to advancing the ideals and values that were established on that day 4th of August, 1947.”
He charged followers of the party to continue from strength to strength to make sure the party stays in power for long.
“Our responsibility is to do whatever it is necessary to make sure that victory is forthcoming.
“We have to continue our way forward in Ghana. We cannot accept the backsliding that takes place every now and then. It hasn’t benefited our nation and it will not benefit our nation.
“The foundations that we have laid today for the prosperity of our nation are going to be shaken if again through our own fault we allow the path to progress to be diverted.”
“Yes, the nation is facing challenges and difficulties, but these challenges and difficulties can be overcome. We can overcome them because we [NPP] have the policies, programmes and we have the values that will enable us to continue our journey of development in full,” he said.
His comment comes a day after thousands of the youth thronged the streets of Accra to vent their spleens over broken systems and unfulfilled promises by leaders of the country.
Clad in red and black, the protestors wielded placards with varying inscriptions including ‘#FixOurEducation System now’, ‘A new constitution now’, ‘Justice for Kaaka’ and ‘If Ghana was your personal property, would you run it like this?’
But President Akufo-Addo, stressed that government will stay the course and will not be diverted.
“We have to continue our way forward in Ghana, we cannot accept the backsliding that takes place every now and then, it has not benefited our nation and it is not going to benefit our nation. Foundations that we are laying today for the prosperity of our nation are going to be shaken if again, through our own fault. We allow the path to progress to be diverted.
He further charged party members to work hard to ensure that this becomes a reality.
“Strengthening of our Party and its organs is going to mean one thing and I am very confident that on the 7th of December, 2024 the new NPP Presidential candidate is going to win the elections.
“So our objective and responsibility are to do whatever it is necessary to make sure that victory is forthcoming,” he stated.