The National Chairman of the Ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) commenced his nationwide tour on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.
This was to afford him the opportunity to assess at first hand the readiness of the party machinery in the run up to the December 7th elections.
The first region Chairman Blay and his entourage visited was the Oti Region. The meeting was held at Nkwanta, with the Regional executives, Constituency executives, Regional minister and his deputy, District Chief executives from the 8 Districts, CEOs and deputy CEOs from various state institutions and some members of the regional campaign team.
The National Chairman charged the region to focus on the two most important individuals who would be appearing on the ballot, thus the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who doubles as the Presidential Candidate for the party and the Parliamentary candidates in the various constituencies within the region.
He further advised the party leadership and the parliamentary candidates to let go all kinds of misgivings that have the potential to derail the Party’s electoral fortunes. Chairman Blay also told the officials gathered that, the party has a very solid, reliable, decisive, compassionate and marketable candidate with unmatched integrity, which makes it easy to sell to the Ghanaian populace.
“Beyond the personal attributes of the Flagbearer, we have a government that has achieved an unprecedented milestone in all facets of the Ghanaian economy, from over 2.5 million jobs created within the last 3.5 years, massive infrastructure development across the country specifically where for the first time in any government’s first term in office we are witnessing the construction of over 750km of asphalted roads across the country, free education, ID1F, and so on…”, he said.
Chairman Blay commended the party for the good work done so far and asked the team to focus more on retail campaigning because of its impact and the fact that in following the covid-19 protocols, it is extremely difficult to rely on the regular large scale campaigning which characterised our previous campaigns.
Chairman Blay also met some identifiable groups, including Muslim leaders, Deputy Regional Chief Imam, Saraki Zongo Chief and some leaders of the Kotokori community.
Chairman Blay asked the leaders to pray for peaceful elections and advise the younger generations to desist from electoral violence. The Chiefs who called on the National Chairman were extremely happy he could make sometime out of his busy schedule to see them.
Chairman Blay made the last stop at Beyond 90.7 Fm in Nkwanta where he used the occasion to express his condolences to the good people of the Oti Region following the passing of the former president Jerry John Rawlings.
He intimated that the seven days national mourning instituted by the President makes it, impossible to campaign, however his visit to the station was born out of respect for the media and the need to equally use the occasion to express his condolences and that of the Party to the entire Oti Region.
The National Chairman was accompanied by some key Government Officials including Dr Dominic Eduah, Executive director of GNPC Foundation, His Excellency Dr Charles Dwamena, Deputy Ambassador to China, and Dr Richard Asante Yeboah Deputy National Communications Director and Government spokesperson on infrastructure.