General News of Thursday, 7 December 2017

Source: adomonline.com

Election 2016 defeat was like 'rapture' – Allotey Jacobs

Allotey Jacobs Ff Allotey Jacobs, Central Regional Chairman of the NDC

Central Regional Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Bernard Allotey Jacobs has said the party’s defeat in the 2016 general elections came to them as a shock.

In his view, no one in the NDC anticipated defeat given the numerous infrastructural projects undertaken by the Mahama-led administration.

Even more surprising was losing 16 Parliamentary seats in the Central region where had worked tirelessness and was certain would retain the NDC in power.

“2016 election defeat was a sad day for the NDC; it was very difficult for me when at 2: am I realized I had lost 16 seats in the Central region. It was very pathetic” he bemoaned.

Exactly a year today, December 7, 2017, President Mahama and the NDC were dwelt a hefty blow by Ghanaians at the polls.

Three-time lucky New Patriotic Party (NPP) leader, Nana Akufo-Addo polled 5,716,026 to beat incumbent President John Mahama who had 4,713, 277 Electoral Commission Chairperson, Charlotte Osei announced Friday evening.

According to official results from EC, Nana Akufo-Addo recorded 53.85% of the total votes cast as against 44.40 by then incumbent President Mahama.

This sent shivers down the spine of many NDC members especially government officials who were taken aback by the development.

Sharing his experience on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem Thursday, Allotey Jacobs said the defeat was just like rapture.

Though it was sudden and unexpected, he said he was surprised because defeat is part of the political game.

“NPP had a similar experience in 2000 as it is part of politics but the magnitude of the defeat in 2016 was massive” he added.

This notwithstanding, the Central Regional NDC Chairman said they are re-organizing the grassroots to recapture power in 2020.

“Had I know is always at last; we have learnt our lessons and we are working hard to win election 2020” he added.