More than one thousand supporters of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Bolgatanga East constituency of the Upper East Region had embarked on a unity walk. The walk that took place on the principal streets of Zuarungu, the district capital, was geared towards closing the ranks of the elephant party and building broken bridges in the aftermath of the 2020 general elections.
The unprecedented unity walk in the history of the constituency saw regional, constituency, and government appointees, elders, electoral area coordinators, and sympathisers of the NPP both take part.
The unity walk, which was under the theme, “Uniting Together Towards Breaking the Eight in 2024” was sponsored by a businessman and a staunch member of the party in the constituency, Mathew Silas Amoah.
The businessman observed that “what has drawing the party back was disunity” hence the need to embark on a unity process ahead of the general election next year. Mr Amoah was optimistic that the NPP would break the 8-year mantra regardless of the economic challenges confronting Ghanaians.
“We admit that things are hard and it is not just Ghana. It is everywhere. NPP is a government people should trust. We would put our stuff together and get the economy back on track to break the 8.”
He mentioned projects and policies under the Akufo-Addo-led government such as Agenda 111, roads, the new Bolgatanga East District office, 1 constituency 1 ambulance, and free SHS, among others, that Ghanaians would consider when renewing the mandate of the NPP.
“Politics is not done on air, talking and hitting tables. We are going to do comparisons. We are breaking the 8 and there is no doubt about that”, he added.
Even though posters, flyers, and T-shirts of the businessman had emerged, Mr Amoah said he has not decided to contest or otherwise the NPP parliamentary primaries in the Bolgatanga East constituency, “but if the people feel it is necessary for me to come, why not, I will gladly accept”
The Bolgatanga East constituency has since been occupied by the National Democratic Congress Member of Parliament, Dr Dominic Akuretinga Ayine since its creation in 2012. But the Upper East Regional Secretary of the NPP, Elvis Figo Awonekai was optimistic that the NPP was poised at winning the seat for the first time in the 2024 general elections.
According to the Salahu-Deen Musah Al-Khokeini, the Upper East Regional Youth Organizer of the NPP, the incumbent MP for the Bolgatanga East “has done nothing since he went to parliament”, rather, he places priority on party issues to the detriment of the wellbeing of the constituents.
“The library project he started is still uncompleted but the Ghc2.5 million party office that he built has been completed”
Source: A1Radioonline.com|Joshua Asaah|101.1Mhz|Zuarungu|Ghana