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DEFECTIONS FROM NDC BEGIN, PRE-EMPTING THE 2020 ELECTIONS

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The recurring ritual of National Democratic Congress activists dumping the party in frustration has begun, ahead of the 2020 parliamentary and presidential elections, and the trend is expected to become more pronounced in the coming months.

The recurring ritual of National Democratic Congress activists dumping the party in frustration has begun, ahead of the 2020 parliamentary and presidential elections, and the trend is expected to become more pronounced in the coming months.

Reports since yesterday afternoon say that a former vice-chair of the opposition National Democratic Congress and two other activists of the party have defected to the New Patriotic Party in Walewale of the North-East Region.

Litany

NDC stalwarts who saw something good in the NPP when it took power and confessed gaping weaknesses in the structures of their party include the late former Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Peter Wiafe Pepera, who, after defecting, also took a seat in the Eastern Region to enter Parliament on the NPP’s ticket.

Another was a minister of trade in the NPP administration in the person of Emma Mitchell. The former Greater Accra Regional Minister and NDC MP for Shai-Osudoku, Mike Gizo, who is now a traditional ruler, also defected to the NPP together with his wife and children.

Then there was David Lamptey, who abandoned the United Party (UP) tradition by leaving the NPP and crossing the carpet to the NDC, only to return to the NPP, eventually doing a 360-degree pirouette to the NDC amid mind-boggling controversy.

Walewale locomotive

Sumani Mutawakilu is a former NDC executive. In an official announcement issued this week he led two stalwarts, Majeed Mahamudu and Mubinu Halidu, to announce their decision, the defectors in similar vein accused their former party of neglect and an intolerant posture towards members who hold dissenting views.

Mutawakilu, in crossing the carpet, said he has “seen the light” and acknowledged that the NPP is more focused and development-focused in bringing hope to the Mamprugu area than the NDC did. He argued that pitching tent with the NPP will add to the constituency’s well-being and that of the Northern Region.

The former constituency vice-chair also said that under the Akufo-Addo government, young people in the Walewale constituency are being given opportunities to improve themselves. Various social intervention programmes have brought employment and relief to local people, he observed.

Under the NDC, he said, nothing of the sort happened. Now voters in Walewale can tell the difference between a performing and a non-performing government.

Assurance

“We took the decision to defect to the other side of the political divide because of our brother, the Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, and how his party is transforming our constituency within the shortest period in power,” Mr Mutawakilu said.

The North-East regional secretary of the NPP, Lawyer Sulley Sambian, who welcomed the three defectors into the party, reiterated the current government’s commitment to honour its campaign promises. He also urged the new converts to strive to be agents of change in the constituency and region and to enhance the image of the NPP at the grass roots.

He stressed the need for party members to broadcast news of the achievements of the NPP government. Their kinsman Vice-President Bawumia has assured them of their fair share of the national cake through the government’s work, he said.

“NPP has the people of the North-East Region at heart and will never fail them,” Lawyer Sambian said. “Akufo-Addo and Dr Bawumia consider the area as a developing stronghold of the party.”

He added that the party appreciates the confidence that the defectors have reposed in government. Lawyer Sambian also expressed the hope that other progressive activists in the North-East will follow in the footsteps of the three former NDC members as the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections approach.