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I didn’t lose Tempane seat because I lost touch with the grassroots – Kpemka

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Deputy Attorney General in charge of criminal prosecution, Joseph Dindiok Kpemka, has poured cold water on claims that he lost the Tempane parliamentary seat because he had lost touch with the people at the grassroots level.

The just ended December 7, election saw him lose the Tempane seat to Akanvariba Lydia Lamisi of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) after serving one term as Member of Parliament (MP).

A cross section of the public have attributed his seemingly surprise defeat to his failure in keeping touch with his constituents.

But speaking in an exclusive interview on the holiday edition of A1 Radio’s Daybreak Upper East program, Mr. Kpemka, debunked the assertions, describing them as false.

He pointed out that three main factors contributed to his defeat namely; tribal politics, propaganda on chieftaincy and what he termed as other propagandas.

According to him, the many developmental projects undertaken and job opportunities created under his watch were testimony to the fact that he did not lose touch with the people.

Mr.Kempka went on to outline what he said were the intelligent strategies the NDC in the constituency employed to defeat him.

“The dynamics are very dangerous. My side, the NDC played an intelligent one; and I salute them. They are masters of what did they do. They called some of my relatives from the Bimoba side and told them that John Mahama was winning; so when he wins, one of them would be made a District Chief Executive. So they also did a palace school.”

“Votes on my side were split and my opponent from got about forty-seven thousand votes from my side. At the end I lost by four thousand votes. In spite of the fact that I lost all the other stretch, if my own side hadn’t done the division based on the promises given them, I would have still won. That is why I said I salute the NDC. That was the strategy; divide and rule, and these are facts. You can cross-check.” He told show host Gifty Kayla Amoshie.

Touching on the move by flagbearer of the opposition NDC, John Dramani Mahama, file a petition at the Supreme Court challenging the outcome of the 2020 presidential election which was called for the incumbent Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr. Kempka said the NDC have been inconsistent with their figures adding that he didn’t know what the NDC as a party was contesting in court.

Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1MHZ| Beyeni Elijah Yenibey|Ghana

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