President John Dramani Mahama kicked off a three-day campaign in the Upper West Region to a rousing welcome yesterday and said he had done enough to deserve a new mandate.
Speaking at separate events at Dorimon and Wechiau in the Wa West Constituency, the President said across the country people were showing appreciation to his government for the socio-economic infrastructure provided in various communities.

"I have been around the country and the level of support we receive is very high," he told the Dorimon Naa, who described the President as his "younger brother".

With 18 days to the general election, President Mahama, who is seeking re-election on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC ), is on the ninth leg of his regional campaign tour.

From the Upper West, he will move to the Upper East.

The Upper West Region has remained faithful to the NDC, with the party winning in all the constituencies during the 2012 elections.

On his arrival in the region, President Mahama first paid a courtesy call on the Paramount Chief of Dorimon, Naa Sohimwinye Gore II.

The President's arrival at Dorimon sent the entire community into a frenzy. Although he was only scheduled to pay a courtesy call on the Paramount Chief, scores of party supporters thronged the Dorimon

Naa's Palace, almost turning the event into a mini rally.

Banners displaying well wishes for him hung by the roadside, while many people sang the "Mahama Paper" song as the President's motorcade moved slowly to the palace.

Recounting his achievements, the NDC presidential candidate said there was evidence of those in all sectors of national development.

He said, for instance, that life expectancy in Ghana had increased to 63 years.

"Today, Ghanaians are living longer because Ghana has better health care, compared with other West African nations,” he said.
President Mahama stated that the Upper West Region was receiving its fair share of development, adding, "We have built more roads in the Upper West Region than any government in the past."

He said in the past, roads in the region were mostly covered with gravel and added that it was now a thing of the past.

"The north is not fit only for gravel roads. It also deserves bitumen and asphalt roads and that is what we are doing," he said.

He admitted that there was still a lot of work to be done and added: "If you see what we have done, it means that in the next four years we shall do more."

Sign of victory
At Wechiau, President Mahama looked at the big crowd of party supporters that turned up to listen to him and said it was a sign of the victory ahead of the NDC.

He started his brief address by mentioning how, with the exception of Prof. Mills who died in office, the other two former Presidents of the Fourth Republic had been given two terms.

"Now it is the turn of your own brother and son. I have done four years and someone says the four years is enough,” and asked whether that should be the case, to which the crowd responded, “no, no”.

The President said the construction of the Wa Regional Hospital would be completed in March 2017.
He thanked the chiefs and the people for the warm welcome accorded him.