Tuesday, December 16, 2008

NPP foot soldiers eye red

For the ruling Patriotic Party presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo failure to win 'onetouch' during the December 7 general elections has come as a surprise to the party foot soldiers.

Against this backdrop, Foot Soldiers Welfare Association, a wing pressure group of the NPP, has intensified its outreach programme to reach a number of voters to woo them to vote massively for the party"s presidential candidate in the presidential run-off slated for the December 28, this year.

Ebow Mensah, National Organiser of FOSWA, addressed the media over the weekend and stated that many of the NPP supporters thought the last week's polls were a done deal for the party and said this attitude caused the party to lose substantial votes.

He debunked the thought in certain quarters that there was voter apathy in some areas perceived to be the stronghold of the NPP.

He alleged that double voting took place in some polling stations across the country to the disadvantage of the NPP.

To achieve victory in the run-off, Mr Mensah has urged the party polling station agents to be vigilant and focused on the voting day saying, "We can't let it go."

He also cautioned detractors of the NPP to stop provoking its supporters so that the second round will be violence-free.

According to him, the foot soldiers would also embark on a house-to-house campaign to explain to voters why they should vote to elect Nana Akufo-Addo as the next President.

He noted that there was no time to complain and apportion blame to anybody as to why NPP failed to win outright and appealed to party supporters to stop grumbling and to rally behind Nana Addo to ensure a resounding victory.

Kwabena Dwomoh, National Chairman of FOSWA, told The Statesman that there was no way NPP would lose December presidential run-off saying, "God be on our side NPP will rule Ghana again."

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