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Politics of Friday, 10 July 2015

Source: Adomonline.com

We knew NDC will win Talensi seat – Nitiwul

Deputy Minority leader Dominic Nitiwul has revealed the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) knew the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) will win the Talensi by-election.

According to him, the constituency in the Upper East region has always been the stronghold of the NDC.

“We knew the NDC will win the Talensi seat because it has always been theirs but we were hoping we could retain the seat,” he stated.

Dominic Nitiwul disclosed this on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Thursday.

About seven candidates contested the by-election after which the NDC’s Benson Tongo Baba won with more than 10 thousand votes.

The NPP’s Thomas Duanab Wuni polled 6,845 and People National Convention’s (PNC) polled 6,836.

The performance of the NDC in Talensi, many predicts could replicate itself in the 2016 general elections.

But Dominic Nitiwul on Ekosii Sen said there is no cause for alarm since “the NPP did extremely well”.

He explained that the Talensi constituency which the NDC hitherto could garner about 70 percent of total votes only polled 42 percent in the by-election.

“For the first time the PNC performed well in an NDC stronghold and they only managed to get 42% of the votes. This is a signal that the people rejected them,” he stressed.

The deputy Minority leader who is also the Member of Parliament for Bimbilla said though the ruing party won the sea, they should be worried about their poor showing since it could affect them in the 2016 elections.

“I don’t know why the NDC is jubilating after winning the by-election, if I were them I would be worried,” he said sarcastically.

Dominic Nitiwul was however optimistic if the NPP settles the internal bickering and work as a united force, they could recapture the Talensi seat in 2016.