The New Patriotic Party (NPP) says it is counting on God to win the 2012 General elections and insists that it will not allow itself to be detered by what they see as the treachery, lies, deceit and propaganda being peddled by their opponents and the party in government.
“The battle is the Lord’s but we need people to break the Jericho walls of propaganda and lies,” said NPP member Gabby Asare Otchere Darko during the Wednesday edition of Joy FM’s Decision 2012, hosted by Paul Adom Otchere.
Mr. Otchere Darko explained how NPP flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo has borne the brunt of a series of personal attacks aimed at tarnishing his reputation, the latest of which was the allegation of his expulsion from Oxford University.
He went on to contend that official reports about the one laptop per student policy, which the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has touted as a success story of the Better Ghana Agenda, are riddled with lies, propaganda and exaggeration. He said that the laptops have either gone to ghost students or non-existing institutions.
He also called into question the number of schools under trees that the NDC claimed to have replaced with newly constructed schools. Many of these new schools, he said, had been built several years ago and were simply renovated by the governing party.
All in all, he believes that the ruling party has spent more money in four years than the NPP did in eight but has very little to show for it in the way of results and development.
He urged Ghanaians to vote out a party that he described as incompetent and corrupt and to replace them with and NPP regime, which he said could be trusted to deliver on its promises.
Deputy Chief of Staff and NDC member Alex Segbefia, who also appeared on the programme, shot back that the last four years have seen so much improvement that they cannot be compared to former president and NPP member John Kufuor’s first four years in office. Instead, Segbefia argued, this administration’s achievements bear comparison to those of Kufuor’s entire 8 year tenure in office.
“The NPP first four years is a no contest,” he said, adding, “they can only match 8 years against 4 years.”
Segbefia said that the NDC government has put the nation on solid ground with sound policies on health and education and reported that he is convinced that the NDC will retain power in the 2012 elections.