WITH BARELY six months to go for the 2004 general elections, enthusiastic presidential candidates of the various political parties bid to win the presidency continues to increase by the day.
While the opposition parties are confident in their bid and have accordingly set their apparatus on the ground to annex political power, the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government is consolidating on mobilizing efforts to secure the mandate for a second term at the Castle.
Among these presidential hopefuls is the flag bearer of the People's National Convention (PNC), Dr. Edward Mahama who prides himself that his party is the third political force in Ghana that could win political power now that both NDC and NPP have allegedly failed the country.
The PNC leader believes that his party is vibrantly active throughout the country and that they have their foot soldiers working round-the-clock to get them to the high office.
Contrary to these beliefs, The Chronicle can report authoritatively that inactiveness could be swept at the doorstep of the PNC.
The Effiduase-Asokore constituency of the People's National Convention's office now doubles as a coffin showroom. The party cannot afford to pay ¢3 million charged by the storeowner, whose name was given as “Owuntaa.”
The Chronicle investigations uncovered that the party's office has remained dormant since the 2000 election to date and that rent has been in arrears since, hence the owner's decision to give it out to another shopper for the sale of locally made caskets.
In an interview with the party's parliamentary candidate, Ms. Lovia Berkoh, she admitted for a fact and indicated that they had to allow the casket salesman to use their premises since the office was of no use to them after the election.
She stated that this time round they need it but will have to settle the owner who is demanding a payment of ¢3 million.
The seemingly confident looking Ms. Berkoh told The Chronicle that her bid to be the MP for the Effiduase-Asokore seat is on course and promised to snatch the seat from the NPP.
Ms Berkoh, who claims to have won the favour of the electorate, as the next Member of Parliament for the Effiduase-Asokore constituency also pledged to provide marked development to her constituents and mentioned nurses and doctors' quarters for the health centre at Effiduase as her priority, when voted to power.
According to her, the incumbent MP, Mrs. Grace Coleman, has totally failed the people and that all attempts to replace her are underway.