He has assured of his success following the performance of his government within the last three years in office.
“Those of us who have been given the mandate by the people to lead the party in 2016, I am very confident of our victory with our hard work and team spirit. God willing we will secure a one touch victory,” he said.
Some developmental projects he said the government was undertaking include, the provision of progressive free education, improving the road networks within major cocoa growing communities as well as working to improve the energy situation.
President Mahama was addressing some party loyalists in Koforidua as part of the National Democratic Congress' (NDC) agenda 50/50 rally in the Eastern region.
The party has declared its intention to secure 50 percent of the total votes in the Eastern region in the 2016 elections.
The Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo Addo has also indicated of the NPP’s resolve to secure 70 percent of the total votes in the Eastern region.
Historically, the Eastern region has been a best bet for the NPP but the percentage of votes secured by its presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo in the 2012 elections which was 56%, showed a drop from the over 60% + votes secured by former President Kufuor in 2004; a development, President Mahama urged the party supporters to work at securing the ‘losing’ votes for the NDC.
Commenting on party issues, the president described the NDC as being the most efficient, organized, stable and peaceful party in the country currently. He further urged delegates to ensure that they are not influenced by anything as they head to select parliamentary candidates for the various constituencies on November 7.
“This is a nation that has no time to waste to allow for people to settle their individual differences before we embark on decision making. NDC is in power and will continue to be in power,” the President said.
The President also cut the sod for the construction of the Koforidua-Bunso road as part of the cocoa roads project which aims at improving road network within cocoa growing areas.
While sounding optimistic about an end to the power crisis (dumsor), President Mahama, however, failed to give a timeline to which the issues facing the sector will be addressed.
“Our demand for power is rising, it is currently between 10 and 12 percent every year and that without the necessary planning, the problem will still persist…I do not want to apportion any blame…I am very confident that this power situation will end,” the president stated.