The New Patriotic Party (NPP) may be worried about the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) united position in Tempane. According to the Deputy Upper East Regional Communication Officer, Andrew Atariwini, the decision by NDC party faithful not to contest the candidature of the Member of Parliament, Lydia Akanvariba, ahead of the 2024 general election signifies the NDC’s unity.
Mr. Atariwini was speaking on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show today.
“If you go to Tempane, there was an unopposed candidate. That alone tells us that the NDC is resolved. It tells us that they are more united. They gave us a run for our money in 2020. In terms of the MP’s category, they gave us an about 4,000-vote gap. What are we [the NPP] going to do? Who is coming [from the NPP], and what strategy are we going to adopt? Again, [we have to consider] a consensus candidate. Again, [we have to consider] working together and putting the interests of people behind us.”
“Don’t let us be quick to think that it must be me. The focus must be that, it must be the party. If the party is able to win power and takes over the country, every other part of the country falls under the government, and now, it would benefit all of us,” he said.
According to Mr. Atariwini, there is immense pressure on constituency and regional executives to work hard to unify the party ahead of the general election “regarding some of these things. We need a consensus candidate to be able to deal with these things.”
For the Garu constituency, Mr. Atariwini admitted that it wouldn’t be easy to snatch the seat either.
Meanwhile, Mr. Atariwini, has stated that it was not surprised by Mahama Ayariga’s emphatic win in the Bawku Constituency primaries for the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Mr. Atariwini explained that Mr. Mahama has begun cementing himself heavily in the constituency, a situation that would prove problematic for the NPP.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana