Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has advised Ghanaians not to be taken in by the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) litany of “phantom” and “broken promises” during the 2024 elections.
He stated that as an incumbent administration nearing the conclusion of its second term, the assumption would have been for it to run for re-election based on its present performance and track record of success.
“Instead, we see the NPP making very grandiose promises to Ghanaians of what they would do if re-elected, while staying silent on how their abysmal current performance, an indicator of how well they will do if re-elected,” he said.
Speaking at separate durbars in the Central Region, he labeled the NPP’s manifestos for 2016, 2020, and a yet-to-be-announced 2024 as “promises made, promises broken, and promises repeated.”
Knowing this, the NDC National Chairman challenged the people of the Central Region to take ownership of the party and turn it into one of the region’s strongholds, despite the fact that many of its veterans served as leaders.
Former leaders such as the late Kow Nkensen Arkaah and Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur, both former Vice Presidents, late Prof John Evans Atta Mills, former President, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, a former Education Minister, and late Ama Benyiwa Doe, former Central Regional Minister, he said, deserved for the Region to change its voting pattern.
Mr Asiedu Nketiah stated that it had become evident that Ghana needed a new precedent, which necessitated the choice of a new leader who would use his credibility with the people to propel the country to greater heights of prosperity.
“The Elections 2024 is very critical in the country’s history, with greater emphasis on a leader who will be the preference of the majority of Ghanaians and not just a leader of a political party,” he said.
To allay Mr Nketiah’s anxieties, Prof Richard Kofi Asiedu, the NDC’s Central Regional Chairman, stated that in the 2020 elections, the party won 13 of the 23 parliamentary seats and 45.9 percent of the presidential votes.
Nonetheless, the party’s regional wing was resolved to boost its presidential votes in the Region from 45.9% in 2020 to more than 60% in 2024.
He predicted that the party will win at least 20 of the 23 parliamentary seats and more than 60% of presidential votes in the Elections 2024.
He stated that the party has set a goal of increasing its legislative and presidential votes from 13 to 20 and 45.9 per cent to 60 percent respectively.