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Politics of Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Source: Michael Oberteye

Yilo NPP declares agenda 52% in 2020 elections

The New Patriotic Party in the Yilo Krobo of the Eastern region is leaving no stone unturned in its quest to secure a minimum of 52% for the party come 2020 elections, constituency party chairman, Dr Gabriel Odeh Apotey has resolved during the Constituency Stakeholders Meeting at Somanya.

Dr. Apotey while declaring that "a new chapter has been opened" in the Yilo Krobo NPP said targeting 52% at each polling station ahead of next year's elections was the surest way to win both Presidential and Parliamentary elections in the constituency.

“What we’re emphasizing is the fact that come December, 2020, NPP Yilo Krobo constituency will be the second [in Dangbe speaking areas] apart from the Upper Manya Krobo constituency to annex the seat,” said the Party Chairman. “As for the Presidential, the margin of victory will be big.”

The declaration was made on Sunday, 10th November 2019 during the party's stakeholders meeting at the E.J.A. Tettey-Enyo Hall of the Methodist Church at Somanya.

Hundreds of party faithful including all 133 Polling Station Chairmen, 44 Electoral Area Coordinators, Current and Past Constituency Executives, Regional Executives, Council of Elders, Patrons and all persons who contested any Party position before, converged for the event.

The NPP says it hopes to break the hegemony of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the constituency with the declaration and execution of its “Agenda 52%.” This project is against the background of the votes obtained in the 2016 general election.

The party is thus, raising the hopes of their supporters that there is the possibility of winning the votes in both the Presidential and Parliamentary elections come 2020 with undisclosed concrete, effective and coordinated strategies.

The meeting focused on five cardinal points towards for a landslide victory: spirit of togetherness, spirit of unity, responsibilities, welfare of party members and strategy 2020.

Dr. Apotey charged party members not to take rise above personal interests but rather embrace the overall unity of the NPP.

As part of ensuring that the cardinal points are achieved, the party chairman promised to discharge his responsibilities diligently and urged executive members, the MCE and other members at various levels of responsibilities to discharge their responsibilities selflessly to ensure that the overall interest of the party is achieved.

MCE for Yilo Krobo, Ebenezer Tetteh Kupualor outlined his mandate for the party in the constituency which according to him included developing the NPP, developing the municipal, and ensuring that both presidential and parliamentary candidate win in the constituency.

The assembly chief also outlined a number of developmental projects he had undertaken since the party assumed power.

The party since assuming office, according to him, has undertaken projects such as government flagship programmes, the free SHS programme, the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO), aid for 201 People Living With Disability (PWDs), various projects from the one million dollars per constituency/IPEP program, construction of a fortified fertilizer and briquette factory and construction of classroom blocks in various schools.

Others included extension of electricity supply to all communities, roads, a municipal hospital as well as completed or ongoing works on inherited NDC projects.

He joined the party executives in their call for unity, adding that he was ready to work with everyone, especially the parliamentary candidate, Francis Djetsey Apertey to ensure that the ultimate is achieved in 2020.

cross-section of NPP executives at the meeting

The chairman used the occasion to introduce the party’s 2020 parliamentary candidate to members of the party.

The winner, Francis Djetsey Apertey and his close contender, Eric Tetteh both pledged to work together for victory.

Chairman of the party’s council of elders, said the aim of the party has always been to work towards victory and members must therefore strive to ensure a Nana Akuffo Addo/Apertey victory in next year’s elections.

He urged party members to sustain the unity shown on Sunday in the run up to the polls to ensure total victory is achieved.

On his part, former MCE for Yilo Krobo, Sub-lieutenant (Rtd) Christian Kofi Tettey recalled the difficult beginnings of the party in the Yilo Krobo constituency and expressed joy at the strides made for the party over the years, adding that the current crop of the party youth must position themselves well to take over the reins of the party in the future.

The former MCE while debunking assertions of neglect of party loyalists since the NPP party came to power expressed the party’s readiness to support loyal members of the party.

He expressed his readiness to support the parliamentary candidate of the party and urged him to bring all and sundry on board to support his parliamentary bid.

Party executives from bordering constituencies including Okere, Asuogyaman, Lower Manya and Upper Manya who were present to solidarise with the party, assured the Yilo Krobo NPP and constituency executives of their support.

They were however unanimous in their call for peace and unity in the Yilo NPP.

Dr. Gabriel Odeh Apotey also used the occasion to acknowledge the contributions of various individuals to the development of the party. Dr. Apotey extolled former energy minister, Mr. Boakye Agyarko; MCE, Ebenezer Tetteh Kupualor; former MCE, Sub-lieutenant (Rtd) Christian Kofi Tettey and Richard Twum Barimah.

Eastern Regional constituency executives of the party including 1st vice chairman, Alhaji Bodinga, regional organizer, Kwame Appiah Kodua, the constituency secretary, Jeff Konadu Addo, Regional 2nd Vice Chairman, Richard Twum Barimah and deputy regional youth organizer, were unanimous in their call for unity towards a resounding victory in fulfilment of the agenda 52%.

Members were also charged to eschew parochialism ahead of the assembly elections and champion the “yes” vote agenda of the party in the December referendum.