Over 1,000 members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the New Edubiase Constituency in the Ashanti Region have thrown their support behind the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary candidate, George Oduro.
The card-bearing NDC members, however, say they will vote for their flagbearer, John Mahama, in the December 7 presidential polls.
Their decision, they say, comes at the back of persistent neglect of the views and inputs of constituency executives by the party’s national and regional leadership.
According to the aggrieved party members, the NDC Parliamentary Candidate was forced on them, alleging Adams Abdul Salam does not resonate with the needs of the party’s grassroots.
The Constituency Director of Elections, George Mensah, who led the over 1000 defected members, lamented on Akoma FM‘s morning show ‘GhanAkoma’ that “the national and regional executives have been adamant. We have been telling them that the NDC parliamentary candidate, Adams Abdul Salam whom they imposed on us will lead the party into the ditch, so we will vote for our opponent’s parliamentary candidate”.
He told Aduanaba Kofi Asante that “we will vote skirt and blouse come December so our party leaders must forget reclaiming the New Edubiase seat”.
The NPP wrestled the New Edubiase seat from the NDC in the 2016 parliamentary polls.
The Ashanti Regional Organizer of NDC, Issham Alhasan, has entreated the aggrieved members to rescind their decision and project a unified front to cling power from the NPP come December.
“We the party regional executives have tried to sort issues out with the constituency members and I can assure them that calm will return,” he said.
By Asenso Mensah|Akoma FM|3news.com|Ghana