By William Nlanjerbor JALULAH, Sumbrungu
As December 7 polls draw nearer, political bigwigs have intensified their campaign strategies with all manner of interesting descriptions of their opponents which they believe will win them the crucial election.
One of such gurus is the outspoken General Secretary of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Aseidu Nketia. He has admonished supporters of his party not to vote ‘skirt and blouse’ because that is the theory of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).
‘Skirt and blouse’ is a Ghanaian electoral parlance which means voting either for a presidential or parliamentary candidate of a particular party and voting against the other of same party. In most instances, it is the parliamentary candidates who suffer this fate because during parliamentary primaries, those who lose are likely, sometimes, with pressure from their supporters, to vote against the victor in the main elections and vote for the presidential nominee.
But speaking to supporters of the NDC at Sumbrungu in the Upper East Region during the campaign launch of Isaac Adongo, NDC parliamentary candidate for Bolgatanga Central constituency Sunday October 16, 2016, Mr. Nketia, otherwise known as General Mosquito, was emphatic that this voting pattern is alien to the NDC and therefore, they should vote for both President John Mahama and all NDC’s parliamentary candidates.
“Skirt and blouse is NPP theory and not NDC theory. NDC knows how to support a single leader and when we win, everybody comes on board”, he said.
He observed that the people of Bolgatanga in the previous elections voted massively for the NDC – both presidential and parliamentary and therefore any attempts to vote ‘skirt and blouse’ in the approaching December 7 polls will be injurious to the party.
According to him, it will be in the common interest of the constituents that President Mahama is retained to so he can do the development they so desire.
He said, “Let me tell you; this election is not about President Mahama or Adongo or Aseidu Nketia or anybody else. It’s about your own security; it’s about your own independence; it’s about your own dignity.”