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MAINTAIN THE GAINS OF 2016: AKUFO-ADDO URGES NPP DELEGATES

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged delegates attending the national annual delegates conference of the governing New Patriotic Party “to maintain and safeguard” the gains chalked by the party in the 2016 general elections.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged delegates attending the national annual delegates conference of the governing New Patriotic Party “to maintain and safeguard” the gains chalked by the party in the 2016 general elections.

The call comes just a day ahead of the party’s delegates’ conference slated for Koforidua to, among other things, elect national executives to steer the affairs of the party for the next four years.

                                                  Arduous journey

In a message to the delegates, the President reminds them about the arduous journey the party had to undertake since 2008 when it lost power to the National Democratic Congress.

“But, working together, shoulder to shoulder as fellow patriots and nationalists for democracy in Ghana, the party was able to overcome the difficulties of opposition, and won a famous, historic victory that has brought the party back into office,” he stated in his message.

“Our stamina was tested, but we kept going in the full belief that the Battle was the Lord’s,” President Akufo-Addo stressed.

                                                   Party unity

In consonance with the theme of the conference, which is “Building a Stronger Party, Delivering Prosperity to Ghanaians”, the President is urging delegates to be mindful that the election of national officers is of great importance.

“We must elect officers whose principal goals will be to unify the party, strengthen its base and machinery, work hand-in-hand with government, and ensure that we give this country good governance to bring progress and prosperity to all of our people,” he said.

                                        Events after 2014 conference

He wants the delegates to take particular notice of the events that almost set the party back after the previous delegates’ conference held in Tamale.

“The unfortunate events that characterized the aftermath of our previous National Delegates Conference in April 2014, held in Tamale, which led to the suspension from office of three senior elected officials and a handful of other officers for undermining the cohesion of the party, must never occur again,” he cautioned.

                                                 Elect right leaders

To this end, President Akufo-Addo stressed the need to “maintain and safeguard the gains of 2016 by electing the right persons to do so.”

The party’s delegates who will be gathering in Koforidua tomorrow, the President said, hold the key to the future of the NPP and Ghana.

“We have the programme and the personnel that can lead Ghana to her destiny of progress and prosperity. When we bring prosperity to Ghana, we bring prosperity to ourselves. We must, accordingly, conduct ourselves in a manner that will deepen the confidence the Ghanaian people have reposed in us. The decisions we take here at this Conference should enhance the prospects of our collective future,” he added.

President Akufo-Addo is confident that “the NPP delegates will make the right decision, and help build a stronger party which will help deliver prosperity to the people of Ghana.”