Your Excellency, Dr Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (“NPP”) for the 2016 elections in the Republic of Ghana;
Madam Chairman, Mrs Ama Ofosu Koranteng;
Our esteemed entourage from Accra;
Members of the Executive Committee of NPP supporters group (yet to be inaugurated branch);
Founding members of the supporters group;
Chairperson and members of the Planning Committee;
Leadership of Elephant (Chapter) 1, 2, 3, 4;
Leadership of members of the supporters group in the Eastern Cape;
Registered members of the Supporters group
Ladies and gentlemen
All protocol observed
It gives me great honour indeed to speak to you this evening, to welcome you all most cordially to the official launch of the South African Branch of the NPP.
This event is the culmination of an enormous amount of collective effort across especially two provinces of Gauteng and Eastern Cape and with support from others across the country which began in and around 2007. From that moment many individuals have contributed in diverse ways towards the building of what is going to be a Branch tonight. We are particularly delighted that the flag-bearer is present here to grace the occasion and at the appropriate time he will be decently introduced to all of us here tonight.
On occasions such as this, it is natural for one to overlook individuals and groups who in their singular and collective capacities work tirelessly towards the achievement of a feat like this. For fear of not covering all enough, but at the risk of being called names, I am less hesitant (not) to recognise certain individuals and groups therefore: We will like to recognize the following individuals:
- Prof Yaw Amoateng and Mrs Charity Assan for their continuing support in the executive;
- We will like to recognise and appreciate the role of our compatriots from the Eastern Cape under the current leadership of Mr Abankwa;
- Mr Enoc Peprah, first chairperson of Johannesburg under whose leadership the foundation was laid and administrative structures of the branch put in place;
- Mr Osafo-Gyimah for his contribution and liaison with Accra and other structures on behalf of the branch;
- Dr John Kudjoe, for his commitment and unflinching support to the success of the SA Branch;
- Professor James Darkwa for his insight and grassroot participation to ensure the organic growth of the branch;
- Mr Kofi Antwi, for his extra-ordinary desire to engage the right people at the right time and his timeliness approach to the programmes of the branch;
- Mr Kwabena Awuah and team Elephant 1 for holding the biblical-cord of the branch;
- Last but not the least we thank the rank and file members of the Branch for making our walk to this status possible.
In recent years, we continue to witness a significant increase in the concern among Ghanaians both at home and abroad about the mismanagement, ineptitude, corruption, nepotism, incompetence and of late abuse of power by the current regime – but thanks to the Almighty, all shall come to an end come 7 November 2016. Many of us here tonight may not be able to vote in the coming elections but we have the power to influence many of our relations and friends – fathers, mothers, uncles and aunts as well as our brothers, sisters and cousins to vote for the NPP.
We must implore our people not only to vote for the NPP, but to help to be vigilant in regard to any suspicious activities which are known to be the stock of trade of the current government.
On behalf of the membership, I want to congratulate Dr Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo for the honour bestowed on him by the University of Fort Hare in recognition of his tireless contribution to a culture of respect for human rights in our continent.
Nana, we sincerely admire your continued commitment to the welfare of Ghana and your ever ambitious desire to assemble the requisite team to address the challenges facing the country beginning in January 2017.
May we also at this instance pay tribute to our former President Mr John Agyekum Kuffour and his team for the solid foundation they laid between 2001 and 2009, a legacy which must be preserved at all costs with Nana’s impending victory in November.
But, to achieve this feat, we need the necessary resources in the form of brains, energy, time and money to support Nana and his team.
In fact, amongst us here tonight, some are planning to leave for home at the earliest convenience to go and join the brigade of people who are contributing their quota towards this task. The least those of us in the diaspora can do is contribute money to this worthy cause.
Madam Chairman, Dr Nana Akufo Addo, we of the South African Branch of the NPP have set a target of substantial amount as our contribution to the NPP’s elections campaign and soon after this launch we shall announce further plans to achieve this target.
All of us sitting here tonite like the rest of Ghanaians in the diaspora, we have our own individual and collective expectations:
- That Dr Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is declared the winner of the 2016 elections come November this year;
- And that the law, Representation of People Amendment Act (ROPA) that allows Ghanaians living abroad to vote would be enforced within the first 100 days of your administration.
- That, your Minister responsible for Foreign Affairs through the Ghana High Commission in South Africa will engage the government of South Africa to regularize the status of all Ghanaians in the country.
In conclusion, as we all welcome you to the launch of the South African Branch of our great party, we are reminded of what happened in March 1957 in Accra during the inauguration of Ghana’s first Prime Minister. It is reported that, the then Vice President of United States of America, Richard Nixon asked the British delegate “can they manage” – compatriots, if this question is put to the current administration in Ghana in its present form, I can assure you the answer will be one of the following:
- We are trying;
- Let me see;
- We are doing our best.
But let me assure you all that, if this question is put to Dr Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo on the 7 January 2017, in his honourable capacity as the President of the Republic of Ghana, his answer will be an emphatic YES WE CAN.
Madam Chairman, please help me to welcome Nana and his entourage, our invited guests, ladies and gentle and all gathered here to the launch of the South Africa branch of NPP.
I thank you all and God save and bless our homeland Ghana and Africa.