CPP promises cold store at Ningo Prampram (Nov 9, 2016)
The Convention Peoples Party (CPP) last Saturday crowned it Greater Accra campaign tour with a mini rally at Prampram, promising to build a cold store for the community, if it is given the mandate.
The Presidential candidate of the party, Mr Ivor Kobina Greenstreet, rallied the Ningo-Prampram Constituency to vote for the party as 24 years of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) had done little to improve their condition of living.
“For 24 good years, that the NDC and the NPP have taken turns to govern this country, do you have a cold store here? Cold store is not expensive but for 24 years, you don’t have it after the NDC and NPP been in power,” he asked.
Politics of gifts
“Every year during the elections, the NDC and NPP comes here to give you outboard motors or fishing nets or money or t-shirts but they have not been able to do anything here to change your lives
“This year, we are voting to change but that change is not arise for change type. This December 2016, we want a sankofa change,” he said.
He reminded the gathering of the confusion in the NDC in the constituency and insisted that the CPP was a better alternative to the NDC and the NPP.
Parliamentary primaries in the constituency had to be delayed for months, following reported troubles in the NDC but eventually Sam Nartey George defeated the incumbent Member of Parliament, Mr E.T. Mensah to represent the NDC in the upcoming elections.
But Mr Greenstreet urged the constituents to rather vote for the party’s candidate in the area, Mr Fredrick Martey who was peaceful and a better alternative.
“We want peace in Ghana. If you want peace, development and progress, vote wisely. Vote for Fredrick Martey,” he said.
Although there were cheers for the CPP flag bearer, it the party’s First National Vice-Chairperson, Hajia Hamdatu, who stole the spotlight.
Working to appreciate his message of change, he declared “This December 2016, His Excellency John Mahama, away. Our father, Nana Akufo-Addo, away,” asking the crowd
Greenstreet is competent
Speaking Akan, she took on all those who claim that Mr Greenstreet was confined to a wheel chair and therefore could not lead the country.
“I have worked with him for 20 years and can assure you that he is very good.
“He was not born in the wheel chair. He had an accident in which those with him died but he survived because God has a special plan for him.
“He was in a hospital for a whole year. Don’t think he is in a wheel chair so he cannot do anything. He had been the General Secretary of the CPP for eight years and he is brilliant lawyer.
“It is not his brains that has been affected by the disability. It is his legs
“2016 is about change. We want all of you to vote for Greenstreet. He is a humble and peaceful man who can unite the country, “he said.
The usually quiet fishing community was awaken by the CPP campaign when the long convoy arrived in town.
With the party’s youth sharing flyers that ostensibly sought to make a case for the CPP to come to power, residents poured out to catch a glimpse of the CPP flag bearer.
CPP has track record
The party’s Parliamentary candidate, Mr Martey, was upbeat about his chances, counting mainly on what he described as turbulence in the NDC and his work on the ground.
He told a cheering crowd that the CPP had a record that was yet to be matched by any government and therefore, urged them to give the party a chance.
He recalled the numerous companies and infrastructure built in the days of the late Dr Kwame Nkrumah but which had been collapsed or sold by successive government, including the NDC and the NPP.