The Osu area of Klottey Korle Constituency was choked with New Patriotic Party, NPP, supporters who turned out in large numbers to receive and cheer their former Constituency Chairman, Nii Noi Nortey, and the Party’s parliamentary candidate for the area, Prince Appiah Debrah, on a unity-walk in spite of the Saturday’s heavy downpour in the area.
The carnival-like scene (Unity-walk) was enacted by Nii Noi Nortey to announce his return to the party as the party’s parliamentary campaign train hit Osu, one of the major strongholds of the opposition National Democratic Congress, NDC.
The forecourt of the Osu Mantse Palace, the venue of the gathering witnessed an unprecedented crowd of party faithful from all walks of life.
Members of the party across the Electoral Areas, political office holders, failed parliamentary aspirants in the forthcoming December elections among others stormed the venue in their numbers displaying old and new portraits of Akufo-Addo and Prince Debrah.
While addressing the mammoth crowd of supporters, Nii Noi Nortey commended them for their resilience and commitment, assuring that the New Patriotic Party administration will continue to pursue pro-policies and reforms to better the livelihood of the Ghanaian people.
Despite thwarting his ambition to enter parliament in the keenly contested primaries held in 2015, Nii Noi Nortey has called on Ghanaians to extend the mandate of President Akufo-Addo and his deputy, Dr. Alhaji Mahammud Bawumia. He also urged the people of Klottey Korle to vote for NPP parliamentary candidate, Lawyer Prince Appiah Debrah.
‘I am back. Let us forget all that happened to us in the past and focus on winning the seat for the New Patriotic Party. It’s possible together’. He noted.
According to Nii Noi Nortey, ‘this year’s election is about having the capacity to move Klottey Korle, for that matter Ghana forward and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Prince Debrah have demonstrated that they have the tools to achieve that. For better education, healthcare system, good roads, and other infrastructure, you need to vote NPP for continuity.”
To him, “There could be no better alternative for NPP and the Nana/ Bawumia ticket for now. They are the ones to take the country to forward’. “One of the factors that distinguished Akufo-Addo’s presidency from others in the country is his integrity, transparency, strict disposition towards corruption, and commitment to growth and development of Ghana. These qualities reflected in the compendium of policies he introduced as President.
“I want to thank you all for waiting even when it is raining. I do not want to keep you too long in the rain, but I must say that I am really impressed to see this large gathering despite the heavy downpour.
Nii Noi urged all residents and supporters of the NPP, particularly the youth to remain calm, focused, and avoid violence despite the provocation by the opponents of the party.
“Why won’t we defy all odds to receive our former Chairman Nii Noi? He has done well for us and we have to show him love; the rain is even a sign of blessing.”
‘We are happy to see him walking with Prince. We are glad he is back to his roots’. The leader of Osu Youth told this reporter.
In his remarks, Prince Debrah charged supporters of the party to shun all forms of inducement by the NDC, saying the chances of the NPP rest in their hands.
He commended their doggedness and steadfastness to remain loyal to the NPP in the face of threats, intimidation, and harassment by the NDC leaders and members in the area.
Also, in attendance were different splinter groups of men and women. The party supporters took over the forecourt in the rain to dance to music from the loudspeakers. The old, young, and the disabled were not left out in the dancing game.
It would be recalled that Nii Noi Nortey won the 2016 parliamentary primaries convincingly but was subsequently disqualified to make way for the ‘Pink Sheet Man’ (Lawyer Philip Addison) to contest.
Following the unfair processes that led to his disqualification, he shuns the party to contest as an independent candidate in the same constituency contrary to the laws of the party.