Yesterday, thousands of executives and card-bearing members of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) across the country confirmed by popular acclamation the candidature of Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, as the party’s presidential candidate for the 2012 General Elections.
The confirmation of Dr Nduom, who until yesterday’s event was the party’s sole presidential aspirant, was done by executives and paid-up members of PPP in all the 230 constituencies in the country.
Dr Nduom who was a special guest at the Ablekuma Central event was the toast of party members and supporters who thronged the venue of the event.
Ecstatic party members sang in unison to accept the decision by the constituency party members to endorse the candidature of Dr Nduom for this year’s elections.
Dr Nduom also obliged the enthusiastic gathering about why he was interested in becoming the President of Ghana, noting that “I am interested in becoming the President of the Republic of Ghana because I have something positive to offer my country and its people: I am capable of leading a team of the best men and women to transform Ghana today from third world to first in a record time, with urgency, selfless dedication to work and discipline.”
Chronicling his professional experience and achievements, Dr Nduom stated that “I have what I need and more. What is left for me to do is offer service with excellence to my country so that its people can become prosperous in a Ghana that is peaceful.”
He further explained that the decision to serve the people of Ghana through the J. A. Kufuor-led Administration cost him a lot, adding that it however offered him a great opportunity to learn first-hand what it is like to be in government and make decisions as a minister of state that affected the lives of millions of people.
“I learned what it takes to improve the lives of millions of Ghanaians in a positive way. I also came to understand what is holding us back from delivering our people from poverty. I will put these experiences to use for the benefit of our people as the President of the Republic.”
Dr. Nduom categorically stated that “I cannot be in politics because of my stomach; There is nothing in government to tempt me to engage in prostitution of any type,” positing that it is all about sacrifice in the national interest.
Papa Kwesi Nduom intimated that “the only thing that tempts me is the will to transform Ghana,” adding that “I am ready to offer incorruptible leadership.”
The PPP presidential candidate stressed that he believed in inclusiveness saying that “I believe passionately that using the best brains in Ghana regardless of political, ideological leanings can help transform Ghana.”
He further disclosed that he was not interested in an “East-West political, economic or ideological divide to distract our attention from the difficult task of solving our huge infrastructure deficit and eliminating poverty.”
Earlier, a statement issued and signed by the party’s National Secretary, Kofi Asamoah-Siaw, explained that the PPP’s constitution allows all paid up, card-carrying members of the party to vote in national and presidential elections adding that… “As many as 25,000 people who have so far registered as paid up members were part of the process.”
According to the statement, the PPP is a new party formed by like-minded people over the country who want a “very focused, vibrant, independent-minded and progressive political movement to contest the 2012 elections.
It added that the “PPP is not seeking, nor does it desire a partnership, alliance or an electoral pact with the NDC or the NPP. It is an independent party that will fight its own battles to get to Parliament and the Flagstaff House. The PPP is bent on providing incorruptible leadership.”
The PPP, the statement added, wants the opportunity to implement “an Agenda for Change that is built on four pillars – Stewardship, Education, Healthcare and Jobs. We will implement the Agenda using the spirit of inclusiveness that will enable us to use the best Ghanaians; full participation of women and the youth; and above all a leadership that is incorruptible. By dealing with corruption, we can double government revenue which we will use to pay for our transformational initiatives in education, healthcare and job creation.”