The Second Lady, Hajia Samira Bawumia, has called on members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to maintain unity and focus, stressing that these were two critical ingredients that helped the party to win power in 2016.
She said divisions and bitter rivalry would only derail the success story of the NPP, noting, however, that by unity the party could record 100 per cent votes in the region.
Speaking at a sod-cutting ceremony for the construction of an ultra-modern office complex at Asafo Dadiesoaba in Kumasi, the second lady urged them to engage in healthy contest during their regional congress.
The second lady who was elated at the construction of the office complex commended the Ashanti regional Chairman of the party, Mr Bernard Antwi Boasiakwa, affectionately called Wontumi, for ‘steadily and strongly’ working on his promises for the party.
“He told us that he was going to do everything possible for Nana Addo to win, and by God’s grace, we won massively, especially here in Ashanti Region. He also promised to build a regional office for the party and this is what we are witnessing here today. I am sure in the 2020 election we will record 100 per cent votes from Ashanti Region,” she stated amidst loud applause.
The construction of the ultra-modern office will be one of the biggest legacies of Wontumi’s tenure.
The sod-cutting ceremony drew the attention of several party faithful from the various parts of region because of an earlier announcement that the ultra-modern facility would be named after the founder of the National Liberation Movement and one of the main leaders of the UP Tradition, who birthed the NPP, Baffuor Osei-Akoto.
It was attended by the Chief Of Staff, Hon Abena Frema Opare, Acting National Chairman, Mr Freddy Blay, Minister of Regional Reorganisation and Development, who is also the MP for Okre, Mr Dan Botwe, Ashanti regional Caucus of Members of Parliament, members of the regional Council of Elders, MMDCEs, amongst several others.
Even though Mr Bafuor Akoto is noted for having played a pivotal role in the NPP, nothing significant was known by youth of the party to have been done to solidify the respect attached to his name; hence many thought the honor done him by the Wontumi administration was timely.
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, in his address, commended the regional chairman for the bold step to build the facility, and selflessness to name it after Bafuor Osei-Akoto.
“We know the difficulties and challenges our founder fathers faced while bringing this party up: that is why I am so happy about Chairman Wontumi’s decision to name it after our fallen hero, Bafuor Osei-Akoto,” Mr Osei Mensah noted.
Calling for support from all well-meaning party members towards the construction of the edifice, the regional minister announced that his outfit, together with all MMDCEs, supports the construction with 10,000 blocks and 3,000 bags of cement.
Mr Osei Mensah used the opportunity to advice all contestants of the upcoming regional congress and their supporters to avoid any acts that would hurt the unity and coherence of the party in the region.
“Let me also commend Mr Asare Bediako for rescinding his decision to contest Chairman Wontumi and to allow him to go unopposed,” he expressed.
Recounting some historical facts leading to the formation and sustenance of the elephant tradition, Mr Antwi Boasiako noted that his executives and himself were also loyal to Asanteman and the NPP hence their resolve to honor Bafuor Akoto.
He expressed gratitude to the Chief of Agric Nzema, Nana Nkansah Boadu Ayeboafo, who he referred to as the ‘Captain of Millionaires’ in the country, for his immense support and contribution towards the building of the edifice.
Some of the children of Bafuor Osei-Akoto who represented their father expressed gratitude to the NPP and Chairman Wontumi for honouring their father.
Story: From James APPIAKORANG JNR., KUMASI, ASHANTI REGION