The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has urged party members in the Kpando constituency of the Volta Region to bury their differences and work together for the party’s victory in the pending national elections.
Addressing party faithful at a mammoth rally at Kpando on Saturday, Mr. Asiedu Nketia said burying the past was the only way the party could win both the presidential and parliamentary contest slated for December 7.
There has been reports of voter apathy and the resolve of the people, especially those from Sovie, a suburb of the constituency, to vote ‘skirt and blouse’ in the polls as a result of their discontention in the Member of Parliament for the area, Mrs. Della Sowah.
But Mr. Nketia said “it is important we send Della to Parliament so that we sit and resolve our differences since that is the only way we could continue with the development trajectory in this constituency”.
Such decisions, the NDC chief scribe said was not in the interest of the people and the NDC which has a huge following in the constituency and the region at large.
According to Mr. Nketia , the craze for the skirt and blouse voting in the area was the brainchild of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) realising that it was set to lose the presidential election.
He said with the NDC presidential candidate, Mr. John Mahama, set for a resounding victory, it was only proper for him to have majority of parliamentarians so as to enable him to administer the governance of the country more efficiently.
The freedom to choose, he noted, lies in the bosom of the electorate but “you do not have the freedom to determine the outcome of your actions. You can’t take a bad decision and expect a good result”.
He said the NPP was being deceitful in its campaign pledges and would relegate the people of the Volta Region to the background “like it did between 2001 and 2009″ while it was in office.
The NDC, Mr. Asiedu Nketia, popularly known as General Mosquito, stressed, abhors discrimination and would continue to adhere to its founding principle of equality irrespective of tribe, religion or social status.
Mrs. Sowah, on her part, reassured of her commitment to lobbying development projects to the area if re-elected to represent the people in the law making house and recommitted herself to the unity between herself and all the areas under her watch.
She cautioned them against voting for the former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Party which he said was out there to thwart the fortunes of the NDC in the elections.
Peace, she said, was a pre-requisite to development and called on the youth to eschew violence before, during and after the elections.
From Julius Yao Petetsi, Kpando