NPP launches Election 2016 fund-raising campaign
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has launched its 2016 fundraising campaign, with a call on every single supporter and sympathiser of the party to donate generously to the party to prosecute its agenda for a change of government through the ballot box.
The fundraising campaign targets every single Ghanaian who is depressed and dejected at what the party calls “the sorry state in which our country is”.
Launching the campaign, the 2016 presidential candidate of the party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, declared: “Ghana today is in crisis. Agriculture, once upon a time the bedrock of our development, is a pale shadow of its former self. Manufacturing is at a very low ebb. Corruption is at its height. Our economy is in tatters. Inflation is high. Taxes are rising. Businesses, both big and small, are struggling, and millions of young men and women are without work.”
He also said incompetence was the hallmark of the Mahama administration, while government appointments were not based on merit but considerations which were not only puzzling but also bizarre.
The launch of the four various e-platforms of funding was to offer Ghanaians the opportunity to donate generously and contribute effectively to the NPP’s cause.
Need for change
According to Nana Akufo-Addo, there was the need for change in the way the country was governed, insisting on a change that would make way for a competent, honest, hard-working, well-qualified team to take over the affairs of the country and steer them in the direction of prosperity for all, instead of the current state of affairs which dwelt on prosperity for the friends and family of the people in power.
“What excites me is that in spite of all the difficulties, the Ghanaian people have hope. They have hope for a brighter future. They have hope because they believe change is coming. They believe change is coming because all over the country, Ghanaians from all walks of life, whether NPP or not, are all doing their bit to make this change happen this November,” he stated.
People support campaign
Nana Akufo-Addo indicated that people were supporting the campaign with cash donations, both big and small, saying there were many people who woke up at dawn every day simply to pray for the NPP campaign and its success.
“There are also people who, without prompting from the campaign team, are engaging in door-to-door campaigns and educating people on why and how Mahama’s incompetent governance is setting us and our country back and why a vote on November 7 for me and the NPP, based on its solid track record under President J.A. Kufuor, will mean a vote for a better-managed economy, a revamped agricultural sector, the revival of our manufacturing sector, a revived NHIS, an accessible, quality educational system and a vibrant private sector which drives the economy and by so doing creates employment for Ghana’s youth,” he stated.
He said it was not only in Ghana that he met people eager to support the 2016 NPP campaign with their money.
Campaign Fundraising Team
Nana Akufo-Addo said the NPP Campaign Fundraising team had devised several means by which people could make a donation to the campaign.
He explained that people could contribute via special airtime top-up scratch cards, via SMS, via cluster platforms, via the ‘I-am-for-Nana’ mobile app which allowed donors, both in Ghana and abroad, to contribute using their Visa or Mastercard and allowed those in Ghana to donate also via mobile money.
‘No amount is too small’
“No amount is too small. If 1,000 people donate one cedi every day till Election Day, the campaign will raise in excess of GH¢200,000, a sum of money that will significantly support our efforts to ensure we get rid of the Mahama government, God willing, on November 7. And, I assure you, the money you contribute will be used for its true purpose,” he assured the party’s supporters.
Acting National Chairman
The acting National Chairman of the NPP, Mr Freddie Blay, said the truth of the matter was that the Mahama administration had handed over the country to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
He stated that Ghanaians did not vote for IMF bureaucrats in New York and Washington, DC, to run the Ghanaian economy.
Mr Blay further stated that the real “Accounting to the people” tour of President Mahama should include accounting to the people on GYEEDA, SADA and the rebranding of the buses, saying that anything short of those would be insulting to the intelligence of Ghanaians.