NDC, NPP messages lack direction — Greenstreet (Nov 4, 2016)
The flag bearer of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Mr Ivor Kobina Greenstreet, has charged Ghanaians to close their ears to campaign messages of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and New Patriotic Party (NPP) because they are just recycled messages that lack direction.“The change we want is not arise for change kind, it is not the Eye zuza change, it is the Sankofa change,” he told cheering party supporters at Madina in Accra.
According to him, Ghanaians from north to south had endured enough hardship from the two parties, hence giving any of the two parties another opportunity to govern the country would only bring untold hardship.
“Ghanaians are tired. They are tired of the daily hardships. They are tired of the lack of opportunity, they are tired. They are tired of the corruption,” he told the supporters during the Greater Accra campaign float of the party.
The tour took the team to three constituencies—Adenta, Madina and Dome Kwabenya - where the party’s parliamentary aspirants joined the flag bearer to drum home the party’s message of change.
At the Adenta shopping mall/market, screaming women mobbed the convoy shouting the Mr Greenstreet’s slogan, “Ibi Green ooooooh, total support.”
Mr Greenstreet said President John Dramani Mahama and the NDC had to be kicked out of office because of failed leadership, corruption and an economy that is inflicting pain.
He lamented the high cost of living, especially rent, electricity, water and food, saying the CPP would prioritise those basic life necessities and make them affordable.
He said the NDC was in politics because of greed and selfish interest and was a government that did not care about the people.
Turning his attention to the NPP, he said it was important to block the largest opposition from returning to power.
Delving into the crisis that rocked the NPP some months back, he said the NPP was a party with divided leadership, a weak and unattractive alternative.
He said the NPP was a power-drunk party, confused and intolerant.
“The NPP is an opposition that does not care for the people but rather in politics for greed and selfish reasons,” he said.
Making a case for himself, he said he was bold, courageous and an honest leader.
He said a CPP government would create jobs for all through local industries and unite a country highly polarised.
Mr Greenstreet said the party would ensure fairness in the sharing of the country’s wealth.
Scores of young people in the party took to the streets to hand out the party’s paraphernalia and leaflets.
Members of the public who lined up the streets of the constituency were more interested in party t-shirts than the leaflets.
“I want the t-shirt; as for the paper I would read later,” someone said, giving back the leaflets when the t-shirt did not materialise.
Others who did not get the t-shirt or scarf asked officials of the party how they expected them to support them without the paraphernalia.
The demands bring to mind public condemnation of gifts shared by political parties, but from observations on the campaign ground it is the public that makes such demands.