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Politics of Tuesday, 19 February 2019


Goosie complains about vote-buying, intimidation in NDC

Delegates of National Democratic Congress (NDC) have been charged not to allow themselves to be bought with money and goodies as the party prepares to elect a flag bearer for the 2020 election.

Goosie Oboadum Tanoh, one of seven aspirants gave the advice in Ho when he took his campaign tour to the Volta Region.

He said that some of his opponents have resorted to using money, electrical appliances, food items and others to influence the process and described the tactics as demeaning and an insult to the intelligence of delegates.

He also said there is serious intimidation of some of the aspirants as constituency executives are not allowing them in to campaign.

He said the NDC legacy is being destroyed through vote-buying since wrong candidates are being selected of late as a result of that.

“On that day do not allow your stomach to think for you because the NDC party is not cheap; it is priceless!” he stressed.

He said the NDC lost the 2016 elections because it was not being ‘faithful’ to its founding principles which is probity, accountability and transparency, stressing that Ghanaians voted 58.3% for the NDC in 1992 election because they had faith in the NDC at the time but the same electorate voted only 44.4% for the party in 2016 election which he said is a 14% drop in the vote cast between 1992 and 2016.

“It is a sign that people are losing faith in the NDC,” he said and urged the delegates to select him as flagbearer to reverse the trend.

“We must go and reclaim the NDC of old which was faithful to its founding principles for which Ghanaians found faith in and voted for us.”

He assured that when elected as flag bearer he will ‘empower’ the grassroots and ‘build’ a party that believes in social justice.

The agenda as President he said will be to link agriculture to industry for more jobs.

He also promised quality and affordable health care and a better managed free education system towards poverty eradication in Ghana.

Denied Access

Mr. Tanoh was later unhappy that he was denied access by some constituencies to campaign as proof of the intimidation he complained about.

He described it as a ‘defeatist strategy’ aimed at ‘creating fear and intimidating opposing candidates’ so they are not heard.

He appealed to delegates not to be intimidated but vote for him massively on February 23.

He again lamented about the credibility of the party’s voters register, which he said had ‘so many anomalies’ which he suspects ‘is in favour of some particular candidate’.

He promised to fight it till the right thing was done.

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