Three political party flagbearers as well as the independent candidate who took part in the 2012 presidential elections have commended President John Dramani Mahama for the vision of development he outlined in his State of the Nation Address.

Kofi Akpaloo of the Independent People’s Party, Dr Henry Lartey of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP), Akwasi Addai (Odike) of the United Front Party and Mr Jacob Osei Yeboah, the independent presidential candidate, said the President’s State of the Nation Address in Parliament yesterday touched on all sectors of the economy and that his plans would better the lot of Ghanaians if implemented.

They condemned the Minority in Parliament for boycotting the event and urged them to reconsider their stand in the country’s collective interest.

Mr Akpaloo called the address “splendid” in both delivery and quality. He said the emphasis on job creation and the intended establishment of a system to build data on job creation was a very good idea.

“The address has shown that the President knows the problems confronting the country and has the right strategies to solve them,” he said.

He added that Ghanaians should rally behind the President now that the election is over and condemned the Minority for walking out before the delivery of the address.

Dr Lartey said the GCPP is concerned about the domestication of the economy, adding that he was touched by plans to implement local content in the oil and gas sector.

He called on the Minority to reflect on their action and put Ghana first, adding that their continued boycott of such events are in the interest of the country.

Mr Osei Yeboah described the address as excellent, explaining that Mr Mahama’s conclusion “was touching and powerful.”

He explained that the president was forthright in his address, laying bare the country’s problems and bringing to light efforts currently being made to solve them.

He said every Ghanaian has a role to play and wondered why the Minority chose such a day, one meant to unite the country, to boycott parliamentary sitting.

Mr Yeboah said Ghanaians supported the NPP in choosing to go to the Supreme Court over the declaration of the December 2012 presidential election results, adding that the party should wait for the outcome of the litigation rather than carrying out acts that threaten Ghana’s development.

He said the President’s refusal to acknowledge the action of the Minority “made them useless in the scheme of things.”

For his part, Mr Addai said the address touched on all the relevant issues, including the creation of jobs.

He said he was very impressed with the delivery and the fact that the President was able to address the pertinent problems confronting the country.

He lauded the President for putting forward his short, medium and long-term strategies to address the problems enumerated. Touching on the boycott by the Minority, he stated that their action had “betrayed them of their titles as honourables.”

He said it was unfortunate that members of the Minority had betrayed their constituents by taking the action without seeking their consent.

Mr Addai said the NPP had explained that it was Nana Akufo-Addo, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey who are petitioning the Supreme Court, not the entire party and asked why the Minority would adopt that strategy as a show of support for the three individuals.

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