Hundreds of market women at Fiapre, in the Sunyani West constituency of the Brong Ahafo Region, mobbed the 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, when the latter paid a surprise visit to the market to interact with traders.
Arriving in the company of the NPP National Women’s Organiser, Otiko Afisa Djaba and regional party stalwarts on Saturday, March 19, the otherwise calm market was thrown into a frenzy when market women saw the NPP flagbearer walk in unannounced into the market, which serves as the major market for the Fiapre township and surrounding communities.
A statement issued by the opposition political party said amidst chants of “Nana oo Nana”, “Nana wo krom”, traders at the market abandoned their wares just to catch a glimpse of the NPP flagbearer and exchange pleasantries with him. The loud chants drew into the market residents of the town, who, like many, were unware of the presence of Nana Akufo-Addo.
Maame Ama Boatemaa, a tomato seller, lamented about the loss of thousands of Ghana cedis to the microfinance scandal that has hit the region and other parts of the country, resulting in unbearable suffering and hardship.
“DKM has taken away all my money I have toiled hard to save over the years. This government is doing nothing to help me retrieve my money. My husband died some years ago and I’m the only one left to fend for my 3 children. How do I survive in this difficulty? We need Nana to come and rescue Ghana. The suffering is too much,” she bemoaned.
Madam Abena Asamoa who sells smoked fish at the market bemoaned the lack of activity at the market, a situation they attributed to the rising cost of living which has led to low patronage of their wares.
Indeed, the majority of traders who spoke to the NPP flagbearer were angry about the hardships and prevailing economic difficulties in the country, which has made life very unbearable for them.
“Don’t bother addressing us Nana. We are living witnesses in Ghana. We have tasted 8 years of NPP and 8 years of NDC. In this year, we have no choice but to vote for you and the NPP. We will vote massively for you. There are others in the country who need the NPP’s message of hope,” Madam Abena Asamoa summed up the sentiments of the market women.