The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has officially welcomed President John Evans Atta Mills back home from his nine day medical check-up in the United States of America.
Prior to the President’s trip, rumours were rife on some social networking sites that he had passed away with the opposition NPP being accused of fuelling the grapevine reports of his demise.
Whiles wondering the basis for such rumours, President Mills assured Ghanaians that he was just going away for a few days to see his doctors.
Subsequently, the Presidential candidate of the NPP issued a statement wishing the president well on his ‘medical treatment’ abroad.
“…we have learnt last night [Sunday] from President Atta Mills that he was on his way to the United States to see doctors for medical treatment…He [Mills] takes with him the thoughts and prayers of all Ghanaians who wish him good health and a safe return to duty in a few days…I hope the checks go well and he comes back fit and strong,” Nana Addo said in the statement.
But that statement did not sit down well with the ruling party as several members of government slammed the NPP presidential candidate for issuing a “goodwill” message which was laced with mischief.
Thus, after a successful routine medical check-up in New York, H.E the President of the Republic of Ghana arrived home at about 12:45pm on Monday; and quite naturally, there were a number of NDC supporters who in a “spontaneous goodwill”, were eager to welcome the president in a rousing manner.
And the NPP is also joining millions of Ghanaians in wishing the President “bonne arrivée”.
Speaking in an interview with Shamima Muslim on the Citi Eyewitness News, a Deputy Communications Director of the NPP, Samuel Awuku said the party is happy that the President has returned home safely and in the best of health.
To him, the expressions of appreciation that President Mills heaped on his well-wishers as well as those who offered prayers for him, is a clear indication that he approves of and accepts the “goodwill” sent by Nana Akufo-Addo. He however added that there are issues of national concern that needs the immediate attention of the President and as such Ghanaians would be very appreciative if he sees to the job at hand.
“We all want his (Prez. Mills) well being and that is why our flagbearer wished him well in the first place… Our flagbearer is very happy that the President has returned…Though we are happy, we have very pressing issues that we will be happy he (Prez. Mills) attends to it…” Sammy Awuku said.