General News of Sunday, 28 October 2012

Source: myjoyonline

Mention JS Annan and get beaten – Allotey Jocobs warns

The Central Regional Communications Director of the ruling NDC, Allotey Jacobs says the party has lost confidence in its parliamentary candidate for Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrem (KEEA), and has therefore advised the candidate to step down to avoid embarrassment and to also save his supporters from been beaten.

Dr Joseph Samuel Annan, the incumbent Member of Parliament for the constituency who was re-elected by the party for the forthcoming parliamentary election, is reported to have lost favour in the people of the area.

Joy News’ Central Regional Correspondent, Richard Kojo Nyarko reports that regional and constituency executives of the NDC have vowed to vote skirt and blouse in the December elections: they will vote for President Mahama and any parliamentary candidate other than JS Annan.

According to the executives, Dr J.S Annan cannot win the ticket for the party in the KEEA constituency and is therefore not worth campaigning for. This among others has resulted in accusations and counteraccusations between followers of Dr Annan and a former MP for the area, Dr Ato Quarshie.

Mr Allotey Jacobs even though acknowledged that Dr Annan “represents the face of the party in the constituency”, he told Joy News many who voted for Dr Annan have regretted giving him their mandate.

“Those who went to vote for JS Annan have regretted because I don’t see JS Annan as a candidate who can win the KEEA seat for the NDC, that is why a lot of us when we are on platforms we don’t really talk about the parliamentary candidate.”

He claimed Dr Annan has lost popularity on the ground to the extent that one fears even mentioning his name on campaign platforms lest being attacked.

“Strictly speaking, when you go to Elmina and you mention JS Annan you would be beaten on the platform. People do not want to see JS Annan.”

In defence of his claims, Allotey Jacobs posited: “[You] should ask JS Annan why he is always hooted at when he approaches party activists and electorate within the KEEA district”

He therefore advised the party’s candidate to step down for his own good, to probably increase the chances of Dr Ato Quarshie, a member of the party who is going Independent.

“If I were the candidate I will prudently step down and leave the scene, because that is the NDC: we will either reject you or support you.”