Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, has stated that, contrary to the propaganda being peddled by political opponents of the NPP, there will never be any form of marginalisation of any ethnic group in Ghana under a future Akufo-Addo government, should Ghanaians give him the mandate in January 2017.
According to him, all Ghanaians, regardless of where they hail from, will have a pride of place in Ghana, as development, and the improvement of living standards for all will be the main focus of his government.
Receiving a delegation from the Binduri constituency on Monday, June 29, led by the newly elected parliamentary candidate, Abanga Abdullahi, who told the NPP flagbearer about a vicious campaign being waged by opponents of the NPP that Kussasi settlers in the South will be sent to the North when an NPP government under Nana Akufo-Addo takes over in 2016, this is what the NPP flagbearer had to say:
“The NPP is not on any tribal agenda and has no tribal agenda. Every single group will be secure in Ghana. We are One Ghana and I am totally committed to working to ensure peace and unity for the Ghana project,” he said.
He continued, “whether you are a Fante, Ga, Ewe, Akan, Kussasi, Mamprusi, Bimoba or whatever ethnic group you belong to, Ghana belongs to all of us. No ethnic group will be marginalised under Akufo-Addo, and the track record of the NPP in this regard speaks for itself.”
Nana Akufo-Addo recalled the same propaganda being played against the NPP in the run-up to the 2000 elections, when political opponents stated that the NPP, under John Agyekum Kufuor, will marginalise and, in the end, “sack some ethnic groups from Ghana.”
“In the end it was all lies. President Kufuor oversaw one of the biggest transformations of Ghana in all parts of the country. No ethnic group was marginalised and I can assure all Ghanaians that, under an Akufo-Addo government, no ethnic group will be slighted in anyway whatsoever,” he added.