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21.11.2008 Elections

Mass defection hits Techiman North NDC

By The Statesman

The opposition NDC is likely to taste electoral defeat in the Techiman North Constituency in the December 7 presidential and parliamentary elections following the party's Member of Parliament"s failure to fulfill the electoral promises he made to the electorate some four years ago.

According to the constituents, the incumbent NDC MP for the area, Alex Kyeremeh, has shown no interest in championing the cause of development of the constituency, especially the majority youth.

"He fails to visit the communities here and confer with us on how we can deal with the various challenges we are confronted with.

This place is totally neglected because we don't see our MP participating in parliamentary debates in order to bring development to this area,' Salifu Musa, a resident of Atrinsu-Atifi, told The Statesman when the NPP parliamentary candidate for the constituency, Christopher Ameyaw Akumfi, toured the area in his bid to wrestle the seat from the NDC.

Following this development, majority of the people in the constituency have renounced the NDC and have now pledged their unflinching support for the NPP.

Surprisingly, the Minority Leader in Parliament and MP for Nadowli West, Alban Bagbin, was sighted in the area campaigning for the incumbent MP.

According to sources within the NDC, Bagbin was contracted to come in to salvage the situation because of growing dislike for the incumbent MP. 

Prof Ameyaw Akumfi, who has been very instrumental in the development of the area, urged the electorate to vote for him and the NPP's presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, to champion their concerns to government so as to get their fair share of the national cake.

He called on the electorate to reject the NDC politics of lies, insults and violence as well as the incumbent MP who has failed to improve the lot of the people.

Prof Ameyaw Akumfi promised to liaise with the next NPP government to turn the constituency into a district. This, he said, will help accelerate the development of the area.

At all the communities he visited, including Fetire-Brompia, Atrinsu-Atifi, Bridgeso and Offuman, Prof Ameyaw Akumfi received an overwhelming welcome where staunched NDC activities who have defected to the NPP pledged their allegiance to the NPP and called on their colleagues to vote for the NPP.

At one community, Bridgeso, almost all the residents have defected from the NDC, which they have supported since 1992, to the ruling New Patriotic Party, because of what they described as the human-centered policies of the Kufuor Administration.