Major Derek Oduro (rtd) The MP-elect for Nkoranza North constituency, Major Derek Oduro (rtd) has made a passionate appeal to supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to eschew apathy during the coming run-off and vote to ensure that the party is retained in power.
Hon. Derek Oduro was speaking to newsmen at Busunya, the constituency capital after the declaration of a run-off by the Electoral Commissioner, Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan.
He said from all indications, the supporters of the NPP took things for granted and did not come out to vote on December 7. He cited Bantama and other constituencies in the Ashanti Region where the voter turnout was very low as compared to the 2004 general election.
Hon. Oduro noted that similar attitude led to the loss of some seats in some constituencies across the nation.
According to Major Oduro, the “one touch” expectation of the NPP would have been a reality if members of the party had come out in their numbers to vote for the party.
He therefore appealed to supporters of the party to come out in their numbers to vote for the NPP so that Nana Akufo-Addo will have the opportunity to continue with the good works of President Agyekum Kufuor.
On the issue of independent candidates, Hon. Oduro said that did not help matters at all.
He seized the opportunity to appeal to the national headquarters of the party to immediately set up a committee to meet with the independent candidates to sort out matters.
He cited an example where an independent candidate at Yendi polled about 7000 votes to give way to the NDC candidate to sail through.
Similarly, he said but for the effort of the independent candidate of the Tain Constituency, Joe Danquah would have won the seat again. Major Oduro also charged the supporters of the NPP to immediately start the campaign by defusing the lies of the NDC. He said there are good days ahead for the country if the NPP is retained in power, but wondered what would happen if the people of Ghana make the mistake by voting the NDC to power.