From Inusa Musah, Ashaiman
The NPP in Ashaiman says it has identified what caused its defeat in the 2016 elections and has, consequently, instituted corrective strategies to beat the NDC in 2020.
Disunity among the constituency executive, resulting in bad messages to the electorate, were identified as the killer blow that the NDC flung to send the NPP to the canvass in the 2016 parliamentary elections.
“But I can tell you that the NPP in Ashaiman has closed its ranks to wrestle power from the NDC in 2020,” Eric Aheto, Ashaiman NPP Election Committee Secretary told The Chronicle.
Alexander Amanor Narh-Gbeeku, a businessman, Alhaji Labaran Yakubu Barry, also a businessman and Eric Kwesi Gregory Kwatia, a medical practitioner, are the three NPP Parliamentary Candidate aspirants for Ashaiman, whose fate would be decided by the party delegates when they go to the polls on September 28.
Mr Aheto, therefore, said all the aspirants have been cautioned against personal attacks as they fashion their campaign messages to woo majority of the delegates to their side.
“We want to go into the 2020 elections with one purpose and direction, having learnt lessons from our past mistakes.
“Ashaiman is perceived to be the stronghold of the NDC but that perception will change next year,” Eric Aheto expressed confidently.
The three aspirants, who promised to abide by the rules of the game, have begun their campaign in earnest.
Alexander Amanor Narh-Gbeeku, who attracted the largest following to and from filing his nomination forms at the party office, promised to create more jobs for the youth in Ashaiman.
As an Estate Developer, Security Service provider and Pharmacist, with about 100 employees, he said “I will have the opportunity to create more jobs for the youth because I will be able to lobby other business men and women to invest in Ashaiman.”
In his view, Ashaiman has no Member of Parliament (MP), explaining that the current MP serves the interest of his party members only.
“As an MP, you have to be a father for all the political parties and that is the quality leadership I am going to provide in Ashaiman to turn our community around,” Mr Amanor said.
Eric Kwesi Gregory Kwatia, after filing his forms, addressed the party faithful who accompanied him, promising them to serve them as he did when he was with them at the branches.
“I have been with you for all these years as a grassroots person. I am not oblivious of the challenges at our branches and so I need you to vote for me to win Ashaiman from the NDC and put Ashaiman on a better map.
“I am bringing you quality leadership with trust, confidence, open door policy and strict adherence to party tenets that would eventually get the electorate on our side, as the best political party they can depend on.”
Alhaji Labaran Yakubu Barry was the first to submit his nomination forms. In his address to the party supporters, he reminded them of the votes he polled for the party in the 2016 parliamentary elections, in which he was able to close the margin.
“That was a feat we all worked together to achieve when you trusted me and gave me the opportunity in 2016. If it is true that we don’t change a winning team, then, I implore you to give me the overwhelming mandate again to, this time, beat the NDC for the seat.
“This time, when you give me the nod, we will double our 2016 work rate. We all believe it is the NPP that has always made Ghana better. Based on this, I need your votes to get the needed resources and to make Ashaiman town better,” Alhaji Barry said.