The Kumasi NPP Platform Collapse…How It Occurred
Former President J.A. Kufuor has accused the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of resorting to vote buying ahead of the December 7 elections, but assured the party that the conscience of Ghanaians is not for sale.
Speaking to a large number of New Patriotic Party (NPP) supporters and leading members who had defied hours of heavy downpour in Kumasi to attend a rally, Mr Kufuor said Ghanaians were wide awake and discerning and that they would vote the NDC out, especially when the money for the inducement was from the state.
He wondered why the NDC, which claimed to have undertaken many development projects, was using freebies to induce the people and said Ghanaians were yearning for development and the transformation of the economy, as pledged by the NPP presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and not gifts from the NDC only during elections.
Kufuor affirmed that the NPP and Nana Akufo-Addo would decisively win the December 7 elections in the first round.
He explained that Ghanaians had already decided on the NPP because of its past solid record of achievements, as well as the policies and programmes espoused by Nana Akufo-Addo.
Former President Kufuor, who was drenched in rain said all those vying for the Presidency had laid bare their policies for the people of Ghana, with the NPP leader promising a transformation of the economy, freedom and justice and free senior high school education.
He told the crowd that unfortunately for the NDC, even though it was the incumbent government, it had failed to tell Ghanaians what it would do but had resorted to attacking the NPP.
He told the party faithful that their resistance to the rains was a clear indication that they were ready to lead the way by voting massively for the NPP to set the pace for a resounding victory, adding that even other regions which were not considered strongholds of the NPP had decided to vote in large numbers to secure victory for the NPP.
Highly enthused about the huge crowd at the Kumasi Jubilee Park who had defied the heavy rains, Nana Akufo-Addo commended the people for the honour done him and urged them to go out and vote massively again for the NPP.
He advised the people not to feel intimidated by threats from the NDC.
Nana Akufo-Addo, whose speech was interspersed with deafening shouts of ‘free education’, in apparent reference to the party’s flagship campaign message of making secondary education free, expressed surprise at the determination of the people to stay in the rains for hours.
He thanked God for seeing Ghanaians through four years of poverty and hardship brought about by the NDC government and assured them that all that would come to an end on December 7 when majority of Ghanaians would vote to kick out the NDC and usher in the NPP.
He spoke of the NPP’s plans to transform the economy, generate employment opportunities and also institute free senior high school for all.
It was at that time that the platform caved in, sending all those on it to the ground.
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Strangely, when the supporters realized that the accident had occurred, and for the safety of their presidential candidate and other leading members, including former President Kufuor, many of them, especially those around the dais, went down of their knees and offered fervent prayers for God to intervene.
Minutes later, when apparently their prayers had been answered, Nana Akufo-Addo mounted the stage again, expressed gratitude to the Almighty God for making him escape unhurt and promised the people that victory was on its way.