General News of Tuesday, 20 November 2012
Mr Dan Abodakpi, Ghana’s High Commissioner to Malaysia, has said he could smell victory for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the impending elections.
He said there was, however, the need for a last-minute foray of youthful NDC supporters especially, into the towns, villages and hamlets, to put the records straight to ensure that victory was total.
Mr Abodakpi was speaking at a durbar at Adidome to formally launch Mr Joe Gidisu’s fourth bid as Member of Parliament (MP) for Central-Tongu.
He said stories about lack of development of the area were propaganda by opposing parties to dampen support for the NDC in the area.
Mr Abodakpi said funds had been released for the completion of electrification projects in the area by the close of the year.
Mr Gidisu, who is also Minister of Roads and Highways, was said to be on a trip with President Mahama and therefore not at the campaign launch.
Mr Henry Ametefe, Deputy Volta Regional Minister, said it could be suicidal for the people of the area, if the New Patriotic Party (NPP) won the elections as it would superintend the rollback of all developments there.
Mrs Dzifa Attivor, Deputy Minister of Transport, reminded the scores of supporters who trouped to the durbar grounds despite a heavy downpour that Mr Gidisu had done a lot for the development of the area.
She cited the arteries of roads that Mr Gidisu had organized to be constructed or repaired to make intra and inter area vehicular movement fluid.
Alhaji Bubey Dzinadu, North-Tongu District Chief Executive, said the development of the area was delayed by Dr Abrefa Busia’s Progressive Party (PP) government, when it refused to grant the area a district. He said the creation of more districts in the Tongu area were indications the NDC would speed up development of the area faster than any other government.
Mr Joe Kwashi Gidisu, was first elected MP for North-Tongu in 2000 and when the boundaries were redrawn in 2004, he again stood election and won as MP for Central-Tongu and kept hold of the seat again in 2008.