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Politics of Sunday, 3 February 2019

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‘Selfish’ NPP ‘big men’ only helping family and friends — Akatsi NPP members

Former President John Dramani Mahama’s tour of the Volta Region was not without drama as tens of alleged New Patriotic Party (NPP) members denounced their party over neglect to join Mr Mahama’s campaign with a promise to vote for the National Democratic Congress ( NDC) in the next election, has filed.

The people who were in NPP T-shirts said the party’s big men and women only know their family and friends and since assumption of power, they have been struggling to make ends meet.

The defected members mounted Mr Mahama’s Go4JM platform and threw their Akufo-Addo T-Shirts into the crowd. Explaining why they took the decision, they said they are tired of the hardship and their helplessness after helping NPP win power.

A presiding member of Akatsi, commenting on the defection said: “Some of the NPP supporters are now running to the MP, Hon. Peter Nortsu Kotoe for scholarships to further their educations because they are neglected after all their struggles.”

This is not the first time such a defection is happening. In May 2018, about 50 staunch members of the ruling New Patriotic Party in Akyem Asamama in the Atewa West Constituency of the Eastern region defected to the largest Opposition Party National Democratic Congress,NDC, over what they say is economic hardship and bad governance.

Many of the defectors claim they played various roles including polling station agents while others were instrumental in grass root mobilization for the party.

The defectors led by one Asuo Peprah and Sam Tuga set fire into 2016 campaign T-shirts of the sitting President , Nana Akufo-Addo to signify their disappointment hence the switch .

Akyem Asamama is one of the “no go areas” for the NDC in Atewa West Constituency.

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