President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has charged victorious candidates in the just-ended New Patriotic Party’s parliamentary primaries, as well as those who lost, to maintain their course, exhibit exemplary conduct, strengthen the party’s organisation, and work harder to secure victory in the upcoming 2024 general elections.
He gave the charge in a congratulatory message to all aspirants of the election. The President emphasised the importance of collective effort and maintaining the standards set by the party, stressing: “Let us stay the course, conduct ourselves well before the Ghanaian people, strengthen our organization, and win the 2024 elections”.
President Akufo-Addo commended winners of the parliamentary primaries and the rank and file of the party on the successful organization of the election.
“The parliamentary primaries of Saturday, 27th January 2024, have effectively marked the completion of the final phase of internal contests in the New Patriotic Party for the general elections of 7th December 2024. Once again, through our conduct, we, in the New Patriotic Party, have demonstrated to the Ghanaian people that we are the Party of democracy and the rule of law,” he indicated.
The President lauded the rank and file of the party and all stakeholders—the national, regional, constituency, electoral area and polling station executives of the party, the Electoral Commission, the security services and the media – “for a job well done”.
He further called on those who were not successful to support the winners. “The time-tested, honoured tradition that has kept the NPP as one indissoluble unit demands that the victor receives the unalloyed support of the candidates who were not successful at the polls.
“If we are to ‘Break the Eight’, which I know is very possible, then we must stay true to this tradition, unite firmly behind our excellent presidential candidate and formidable parliamentary candidates, and deliver another resounding victory for the party, and, thereby, continue the process of bringing progress and prosperity to every part of our country, an endeavour on which we are already fully embarked,” the President noted.
According to the President, “We have elected a good blend of experienced and youthful parliamentary candidates, whom I warmly congratulate, and who, I am confident, will help secure a majority for the NPP in the ninth Parliament of the 4th Republic, and help return an NPP presidential candidate into office on 7th January 2025. I appeal to all who lost to remember that, in elections, there are winners and losers, and that today’s losers can be tomorrow’s winners.”
President Akufo-Addo further urged all party members, “to recollect, at all times, that the Danquah-Dombo-Busia (DDB) political tradition is the greatest, most enduring and noblest political tradition in Ghanaian politics”.
He said the tradition was founded to fight foreign domination of the country and domestic tyranny of the state.
Such efforts, the President intimated, had subsequently emboldened several generations of its activists to defy detentions, exiles, martyrdoms and long periods of opposition.
He added that it had enabled Ghana “to continue with the project of building a free, democratic and prosperous nation, propelled by individual enterprise and initiative, and by a deep sense of social justice.”