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Donald Adabare Adabre, a founding member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has appealed for peace and reconciliation within the party to enable it retain power in the approaching December polls.
The founding member of the party, who is also Ghana’s former Ambassador to Mali, made the call during the launch of the campaign of the NDC Parliamentary Candidate for the Bongo Constituency, Edward Bawa, held in Bongo.
He stressed the need for all the parliamentary aspirants of the party in the fifteen constituencies in the region who contested during the primaries and lost to join the campaign trail of those who won to help win more votes for the party.
Mr. Adabre kicked against those who are nursing the intention to vote for President John Mahama as the party’s presidential nominee and to vote against their Parliamentary candidates for reason better known to them to desist from that. This pattern of voting is in the Ghanaian context is referred to a ‘Skirt and Blouse’.
He explained that the policies and programmes of the President and the party in general would be affected if they go by that decision.
He further stated that comparatively, the people in the region have received massive infrastructure development under the NDC than any of the parties that have governed Ghana before.
He cited road infrastructure, school, health facilities, Rural Electrification Project and other pro-poor interventions as some of the programmes and policies implemented by the NDC.
John Tia Akolgo, Ghana’s Ambassador to Cuba, who launched the 34-member campaign team, commended the Bongo constituency and other constituencies in the region for having remained what he termed as “the World Bank of the NDC” since 1992.
Mr. Tia , also a former NDC Member of Parliament for the Talensi Constituency, stated the campaign should not be left in the hands of the 34-member campaign team but the entire members and supporters must get involved and work hard towards ensuring victory.
Albert Abongo, incumbent MP for Bongo and also the Upper East Regional Minister, appealed to all the constituents to rally behind the NDC Parliamentary Candidate to win both the Parliamentary and presidential slots in the Bongo Constituency.
Mr. Bawa appealed to those his supporters might have offended during the primaries to forgive them and support him and the party in the campaign process to win.
He announced plans are far advanced to kick start the political campaign from house to house, as he expressed optimism of retaining the seat for the NDC.
He was elected amidst allegations of vote buying and that led to the formation of a group called Lailaia (literarily means no away). The group is a union of aggrieved supporters of other aspirants who contested in the primaries but lost to him.
By Samuel Akapule
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