Decision to run against Asiedu Nketia was ‘well-calculated’ – Anyidoho replies critics
Former Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho, has defended his decision to challenge Johnson Asiedu Nketia for the General Secretary position.
Asiedu Nketia trounced the former NDC executive during the party’s last National Delegates Congress, polling 6,642 votes against a mere 1,625 votes for Mr Anyidoho.
Prior to the elections, many had criticised the decision by Mr Anyidoho to contest his boss but he held his ground, promising to surprise his critics with a resounding victory. But that never happened.
Reacting for the first time to what some have called a political suicide, Mr Anyidoho said, contrary to those assertions, he knew what he was doing from the start.
“It was not a reckless decision. It was a well-calculated decision so if you ask me, I have no regrets at all,” he defended on nightly current affairs programme, PM Express on MultiTV, on Wednesday.
Again after his defeat in November last year, some NDC bigwigs like the Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the party, Ade Coker, suggested that the result of the election was a great lesson in humility.
“If Koku had consulted me, I would have asked him to go for another position…it was a wrong move. It was a wrong move. Koku is a nice guy; he is a very nice gentleman but it is a wrong move.
“You see it is like father and son…somebody that you have worked with closely and you go and you want to contest that person. It’s never the best…Every aspect of life there is that lesson,” he said.
But Mr Anyidoho justified his move on PM Express citing examples in Ghana’s politics of defeated candidates who have returned — sometimes after many tries — to clinch a victory eventually.
“You think that when President Kufuor lost in 1996 it was a political miscalculation? You think that when President [John Evans Atta] Mills did not win in 2000 it was a miscalculation? Or you think that when Nana Akufo-Addo did not win in 2008 and 2012 it was a miscalculation?
“Like I said, if you observe the trend, President Kufuor didn’t win 1996 he came back and won 2000. President Mills didn’t win in 2000, he won 2008. Nana Akufo-Addo didn’t win 2008, 2012 he won 2016. So there is nothing suicidal about it. It’s an election. I don’t think anybody has a patent to any position. So the [position] was open and I chose to contest,” he told show host, Evans Mensah.
He said in conformity with the party’s rules, he went through the processes to contest, “elections were run, the delegates voted, the EC [Electoral Commission] declared results. In the supreme interest of the party, you accept the declared results and you move on. So nothing suicidal.”
‘We’ll take all our seats from NPP’ – Boamah Otokunor
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is targeting majority seats in the next Parliament after the December 2020 general election.
The strategy is to capture more parliamentary seats in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) strongholds to increase NDC’s seats to 170 in parliament as part of the party’s agenda, and opened parliamentary nominations in all constituencies across the country, effective July 12.
According to Boamah Otokunor, the Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, he was hopeful only vibrant and results-oriented candidates would be elected for the primaries saying, “We will take all our seats from the NPP to get a two-thirds majority in parliament since the NDC has a solid, credible and realistic campaign message and the party is poised for victory in the 2020 elections.
“The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) is a party specialised in confusion, lies and deception, Ghanaians will make a big mistake if they vote for President Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP again, we are convinced given the strategies put in place with a marketable candidate like former President John Mahama, the 2020 elections will be ‘cool chop’,” Mr Otokunor touted.
On what aspirants have to do, the Deputy General Secretary noted that “all aspirants must satisfy the constitutional requirement which qualifies one to be a Member of Parliament, all aspirants must also satisfy the requirements of the party, no one will be disqualified based on normal procedural errors, the parliamentary primaries are expected to take place on August 24, at all the 275 constituencies across the country,” Mr Otokunor disclosed.
Government spends over GHC800m to settle debts accrued by NDC – Deputy Minister
Deputy Minister for Works and Housing and Member of Parliament for Subin Constituency, Eugene Boakye Antwi has said that government has spent over 800 million Ghana Cedis to settle debts accrued by the erstwhile Mahama administration.
According to him, there are still debts unsettled by other ministries and all these debts make Ghanaians feel government is not doing anything.
Speaking on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ programme, he explained that the amount of money government is paying in terms of settling debts could have been used for other developmental projects.
The NPP government is committed to providing Ghanaians with whatever they promised in their manifesto.
“Nana Addo will not disappoint Ghanaians just that we will have to settle debts that was accrued by the other government so that those affected can have money to execute other projects that will improve the lives of Ghanaians,” he said.
I will unseat Collins Dauda – Ali Suraj assures NPP members
One of the aspiring parliamentary candidates for the new patriotic party in the Asutifi South Constituency in the Ahafo region has assured members of the party of winning the seat for the first when elected.
Alhaji Ali Suraj says he has all it takes to match the incumbent Member of Parliament in the area in the upcoming general elections.
“I am very experienced and know how to play my cards well.” ALI SURAJ told gathering of NPP members after he has filed his nomination at the constituency party office.
Alhaji Suraj says he has been assured of victory in the upcoming primaries and therefore he would channel every into the general election.
One of the past contestants of the Asutifi South constituency on the ticket of the NPP, Boakye Boateng appeals to the delegates to rally behind the Aspirant to win the seat for the first time in the history of Ghana’s elections.
Mr. Boateng says Suraj is more likely to win the seat for the party than him, reason he rescinded his decision to contest this time round.
“Most of the voters here are northerners and they would love to see their own brother leading them.” Mr. Boateng says adding that, the aspirant is the best bet for the party.
Mr. Boateng promised to support Mr. Suraj in issues-based campaign go the seat for the party.
Among other things Mr. Ali Suraj is seeking to implement when he becomes the MP are to change the life of the people, mentality and issues that bother on their health.
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