Some members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the New Edubiase Constituency in the Ashanti region say they would not vote for the party’s parliamentary candidate for the 2020 elections, Abdul Salam Adams if leadership does not change him immediately.
The group calling itself the AGGRIEVED NDC MEMBERS in New Edubiase claims to number over five thousand and would rather vote for the candidate of the ruling New Patriotic Party (Npp), the incumbent Member of Parliament and a Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, George Boahen Oduro.
They say the candidate has been imposed on the nine hundred and thirty six (936) delegates of the NDC in the constituency who should have been given the chance to vote for a preferred candidate inspite of several calls on the leadership to adhere to due process before Mr Abdul Salam’s acclamation last year.
A statement read by the group at a press conference in New Edubiase on Tuesday copied to Mynewsgh.com cited a breach of “Article 46 clause (8) section b” of the NDC constitution which frown upon “Anti-party conduct that interfere and that put the party in ridicule, hatred or contempt” against the current crop of the party’s executives in the constituency and the candidate, Mr Abdul Salam himself.
They claim that the executives and the 2020 Parliamentary Candidate during the 2016 Elections preached “skirt and blouse; some of whom were visibly seen paying losing bonus against the then parliamentary candidate, Hon. Ernest Kofi Yakah”.
“As a group, we have pondered thoroughly over the misunderstanding that has engulfed the party in the constituency and decided to do the honourable thing considering the article 46 of the NDC Constitution and its implications.
“In light of this, the group deems it highly to stay away from the party to enable them re-launch and embark the journey of skirt and blouse that was born four years ago (2016) in the New Edubiase Constituency which saw our first and ever lost of the parliamentary seat”, the statement read in part.
The New Edubiase Constituency until 2016 had been a stronghold of the opposition NDC in the Ashanti region after it lost the seat for the first time since 1992 to the NPP after division and apathy set into the rank and file in the run up to the elections.
Several visits to the constituency in 2016, the construction of New Edusiase Town Roads and a sports stadium by the then President and flag bearer of the NDC, John Dramani Mahama would not yield the seat to his parliamentary candidate, Ernest Kofi Yakah for a fourth term.
The NPP won the seat for the first time with George Boahen Oduro polling 18,477 representing 56.47% of valid votes cast against NDC’s Ernest Kofi Yakah’s 14,050 representing 42.94%.
The group has vowed to extend the margin between the NPP and the NDC by 10,000 votes if the opposition party goes ahead with Abdul Salam Adams as its parliamentary candidate for the 2020 elections; they would however vote for the party’s presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama.
Source:MyNewsGh.com/Teddy Brown Onimbede/2020