In a rousing address to a fervent crowd of supporters during the final campaign rally in Kumawu, President Akufo-Addo declared that the upcoming by-elections in the constituency would serve as a pivotal starting point for the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) victory in the 2024 general elections.
The President expressed his confidence in the NPP's chances and emphasized the significance of the by-election in shaping the party's trajectory going into the crucial upcoming national polls.
"Kumawu holds the key to our success in the upcoming elections. Let us seize this opportunity, mobilize our supporters, and pave the way for a resounding victory in 2024," President Akufo-Addo passionately proclaimed to the enthusiastic crowd"
The by-election is set to fill the vacant seat left by the late Member of Parliament, Philip Atta Basoah, in the Kumawu constituency.
President Akufo-Addo highlighted the strategic significance of the Kumawu constituency in the Ashanti Region, emphasizing that it serves as a critical cornerstone for the NPP's triumph in the upcoming general election.
He stated that the support and momentum garnered in Kumawu would reverberate nationwide, forging the path to the NPP's victory in 2024.
Amidst the rally, President Akufo-Addo also shared positive news regarding the country's economic standing.
He confirmed the receipt of the first tranche of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan on the previous Friday.
Addressing concerns about seeking assistance from the IMF, the President dispelled notions that it reflected mismanagement of the economy.
He reminded the audience that numerous African countries, including 29 in total, had sought IMF support, indicating that it wasn't an isolated occurrence.
Appealing to the electorate, President Akufo-Addo urged them to vote for the ruling NPP candidate, Ernest Yaw Anim, to represent the party in Parliament.
He emphasized the importance of active participation in the democratic process and expressed confidence in Mr. Anim's ability to secure victory in line with the NPP's vision for progress, development, and peace.
Other party figures also addressed the crowd, underscoring the unity within the NPP and the importance of rallying behind their candidate.
The General Secretary of the NPP, Justin Frimpong Kodua, acknowledged past internal party issues but assured the audience that all divisions had been resolved.
He emphasized Mr. Anim's role as a unifying figure who would bring factions together.
Notable speakers at the rally included the Majority Leader of Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu; the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare; the Vice-President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia; and the National Chairman of the party, Steven Ayensu Ntim.
They all called on the electorate to remain steadfast and not be swayed by promises from independent candidates or the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), urging them to vote overwhelmingly for the NPP's candidate, Mr. Anim.
As the Kumawu by-election approaches, the NPP's hopes are high, with President Akufo-Addo leading the charge in positioning the party for a triumphant outcome that would set the stage for the 2024 general elections.
The eyes of the nation are now on Kumawu, as its residents hold the power to shape the political landscape and potentially determine the future direction of Ghana.