The former President, John Agyekum Kufuor, has appealed to residents of Cape Coast in the Central Region, not to sell their votes for pans, slippers and other freebies, ahead of the general elections.
Coincidentally his party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), is deeply buried in gifts for vote politics in many rural areas of the country.
According to the ex-president, some politicians, do not respect people in the coastal areas and that is why, they only provide them with pans, wire mesh, slippers, among others, to enable them win elections, instead of undertaking developmental projects in the areas.
He added that, the electorate should not allow politicians to influence them to vote for the wrong people to steer the affairs of the country.
Former President Kufuor, gave the advice during an NPP rally at Cape Coast over the weekend.
It was not clear which party the former president was referring to, but his party, has been sharing pans to voters, especially fishmongers and head porters popularly called “Kayayie”.
Pictures of thousands of pans, have been circulating in the media for some time with portrait pictures of the NPP’s 2016 flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo.
Aside the NPP flagbearer, Rebecca Akufo-Addo; his wife, has also been in the habit of moving from hospital to hospital in the Accra Metropolis, offering gifts to patients, so they could vote for her husband when they are out of their hospital beds.
Since ex-President Kufuor comments, pictures of the pans, have re-suffered on social media. The pans which were distributed by the “Women’s Wing of Bantama Constituency, has other inscriptions such as “Power for Nana Addo in 2016” with the elephant symbol.
Thousands of supporters of the party, thronged the venue to drum and dance to NPP songs. Members of the Asafo companies, also performed brilliantly at the rally.
The ex-president added that, the people in the area deserve better things, since Cape Coast was the first capital of Ghana.
He indicated that the country has been endowed with a lot of natural resources, but people are suffering due to bad governance.
Former President Kufuor, described Nana Akufo-Addo, as a good captain, who can manage the country well with his good team.
“If you are not a good apprentice, you can never be a good master, so give Nana Addo the chance since he would not come and deceive Ghanaians, but make the country a better place to stay, Nana Addo, has a lot of investors, who are ready to come and invest in the country immediately he is given the mandate,” he said.
On his part, Nana Akufo-Addo, noted that the NPP government, would save Ghanaians from misery, and promised to establish more cold stores and landing sites to boost the fishing activities in the area, if given the nod.
Interestingly, the Mahama government, is already building cold stores for fishermen in the coastal areas of the country. Elmina and Sekondi, have so far benefited with others in the pipeline.
In attendance were former Ministers of State, former Districts and Municipal Chief Executives (MCEs), regional and Constituency executives of the party, among others.