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Politics of Friday, 21 November 2014


Wontumi's presence would shatter NDC's dream - NDC MP Confesses

His contributions are enormous and ever since he took over as the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Bernard Antwi Bosiako is gradually establishing himself as a chief corner stone.

Ashanti region happens to be the heart of the NPP, but recent messages from some leaders of the National Democratic Congress appears to suggest that they would be swooping more votes from there. First came in the claim by the municipal chief executive of the Ejisu/Juaben Municipality, Hon. Yamoah Ponko that Ashanti Region is no longer the stronghold of the NPP, and that come what may, “the NDC is likely to scoop 30% of votes from the Ashanti Region in 2016”.

The Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, Joseph Yammin followed this up with a claim that he foresees the NDC raking in one million votes from the region.

But from recent revelation made by the Member of Parliament for the Asawase Constituency, Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak, it appears the NDC has realized that they have a mountain to climb and unfriendly waters to swim in if Chairman ‘Wontumi’ watches over the region.

In an address to sympathizers of the NDC, the Majority Chief Whip in Parliament confessed that “Chairman Bernard Antwi Bosiako (Wontumi) poses a great challenge to the party recording the over a million votes (NDC)they pride themselves to achieving in the 2016 general elections”.

Speaking at the recently held Ashanti Regional NDC Executives Elections, the Asawase MP warned party members to work extra hard if they really want to achieve that feat in the opposition stronghold.

A historical flashback has it that Chairman Wontumi, recently caused the arrest of scores of people from the Upper East Region in the Ashanti Regional who had intended to register their names in the limited voter registration exercise.

Although the NDC denied having an idea about the political affiliation of the culprits, Chairman Wontumi made it clear that they were “(NDC) faithful whose intention was to register in Kumasi to help the party increase its votes in the area in 2016”.

Following the candid confession by Hon. Muntaka Mubarak, does it mean that with Chairman Wontumi in between the sticks, the NPP would continue to retain their bragging right in their stronghold or the predictions of Mr. Yamoah Ponko and Joseph Yammin would come to pass?