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12.11.2008 Elections

Dr Asare to retain Akwatia NPP seat as defectors boost his campaign

By The Statesman

Kofi Asare, a NPP parliamentary candidate for Akwatia constituency in the forthcoming general elections, has been tipped to retain the seat for the party as he continues to receive more defectors to boost up his campaign in the area.

Again, Dr Kofi Asare Fun Club, was over the weekend officially launched to also boost his campaign activities in a bid to win the December polls as an MP for Akwatia constituency.

The Akwatia constituency is one of the two seats of the Kwaebibrim District in the Eastern Region which parliamentary race for 2008 is getting interesting to monitor, according to some political analysts.

This is because for the first time an independent candidate, Basil Ahiable, who is seen as a sympathiser of the main opposition National Democratic Congress, happens to hail from the same town, Dwenase, with the NPP parliamentary aspirant.

The independent candidate is therefore generally seen as a 'spoiler' of votes to the disadvantage to the NPP.

But last Sunday, Kwasi Martey, a leading campaigner for the independent candidate for the Akwatia constituency, officially resigned to join the NPP at a colourful ceremony at Akyem Dwenase.

It was all dancing and drumming as the party supporters defied heavy down pour of rain to the surprise of the NPP aspirant and his entourage.

He told the enthusiastic crowd that it was crucial for both Nana Akufo-Addo and Dr Asare to emerge winners as a president and an MP on the ticket of the NPP, respectively.

Mr Martey advised the youth in the area to eschew backbiting, violence and to remain focus to propagate the message of the good works of the NPP government.

He was grateful to the NPP in area to accept him to their fold with enthusiasm and pledged to woo his formers followers to the NPP camp in the area.

Speaking at the launching of the club, Dr Asare, former Director of Ghana Health Services in Ashanti Region, was grateful for the initiators of the club and reminded the people of the essence to vote for him and Nana Akufo-Addo and charged the electorate not to indulge in the so-called 'skirt and blouse" voting.

He pledged that he would use his office as an MP to serve and to lobby to bring whatever share the area deserves in terms of development.

Dr Asare promised to facilitate the upgrading of the health facility in Dwenase and urged the people to maintain their loyalty to party by voting massively for the NPP.

He commended the Founder of the club, Kwaku Yeboah, and admonished the electorate in the area to be wary of politics of lies, deceit and empty promises by some candidates and urged the youth to shun violence.

Nana Kuko Ntirakwa II, Dwenasehene, also graced the occasion and advised the club leadership to be civil in the campaign activities.