A New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential aspirant, contends that party functionaries in the Volta Region can no longer cite the unfriendly terrain of the region as a case for the failure of the party to make inroads.
According to Mr Dan Botwe, the NPP administration's demonstrated commitment to equity in the distribution of the national cake to the region that had not voted for the party in past elections was a trump card that must be used effectively by party functionaries to galvanise support for the party towards the 2008 elections.
He said that the NPP had been in power for over six years, but had neither demonstrated any biases nor discriminated against the region, and this should be the basis for party functionaries to pursue an aggressive campaign to break the jinx that surrounded the party's fate in the region.
The presidential aspirant said these when he interacted with a section of the media after his three-day tour of the 22 constituencies of the Volta Region as part of efforts to solicit support towards his ambition to secure the presidential bid of the NPP.
He stressed the need for the party to get even closer to the areas that it had not been accepted, adding that “this must not be done from the rooftop and holding rallies” since it would not have a personal touch.
“Rather, we should have people on the ground who would sell the party aggressively, based on the impeccable track record of the party,” he advised.
He also expressed optimism that if he got the nod of the party, he would institute a robust strategy that would ensure that the party would secure 30 per cent of votes in the region in the 2008 elections.
He described the tour as fruitful, saying he had the optimism that he stood the best chance of getting the maximum support of party delegates from the region.
Mr Botwe said that he had so far toured seven of the 10 regions and expressed the hope that by the end of next month, he would have covered all the 10 regions.
He said the legacy that President Kufuor would leave behind required someone who would demonstrate selfless leadership that would seek to build effectively on the gains of the Kufuor administration and that was the kind of leadership he was prepared to offer Ghanaians.
Mr Botwey reiterated that he would not step down for any other candidate and that he would be in the race to the end.
Story by Victor Kwawukume