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07.04.2004 Gossips

NDC Begs For Parliamentary Candidates

By The Statesman
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Pieces of Information gathered by The Statesman and confirmed by sources within the NDC, indicate that the party is faced with the uphill task of getting marketable candidates to contest the December parliamentary election in constituencies in the Brong Ahafo Region.

Ironically, the party's leadership have been claiming on various platforms that the grounds are now prepared for a 100% parliamentary victory in the general elections, a claim the ruling NPP considers a pipe dream.

The Statesman can reveal that the party 'led' by Prof Evans Atta Mills has been making desperate and abortive attempts to persuade some popular persons perceived to be NDC sympathisers to contest some of the parliamentary seats on its tickets. What appears to be working against the party's overtures is the failure so far by the Mills leadership to improve, at least, the image of the country's second largest party.

One of such persons approached, Kwame Asare Boadu, Ashanti Regional correspondent of the Daily Graphic, was approached to contest the Asunafo North seat, allegedly snubbed the NDC delegation that contacted him, saying that he was not part of the party. The delegation, which included the Regional Youth Organiser, Mohammed Seidu (Maha), approached the journalist on two occasions. Asare Boadu hails from Goaso, the capital of Asuanafo North constituency.

When The Statesman contacted him in Sunyani at the weeked, Asare Boadu confirmed that the NDC, through a delegation, had approached him to contest the seat on the party's ticket because they believed his popularity as a journalist from the area could be of immense help in their bid to capture the seat, currently held by the NPP. “I told them I was not an NDC member so they should go away with their trouble,” the journalist disclosed, explaining that the NDC, as well as other people, mistakenly see him as an NDC member because he once contested for the position of District Chief Executive for the Asunafo District.