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22.10.2005 NDC News

NDC Abokobi/Madina Constituency holds elections

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Accra, Oct 22, GNA - Alhaji Mohammed Imam, former Youth Organiser of the Abokobi/Madina Constituency of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), was on Saturday elected the Constituency Organiser at the Constituency's conference at Madina but the other executives were retained unopposed.

He had 118 votes and Mr Emmanuel Agbanyo, who until the elections was Deputy Constituency Organiser, had 49.

Alhaji Imam was the Acting Constituency Organiser following the death of the substantive Organiser. He promised to use his organisational ability, his knowledge of English, Ewe, Hausa, Akan and Arabic to organise the people to hold on to the parliamentary seat.

Executive members retained unopposed were Madam Rejoice Ahiable, the Chairman, Mr Alfred Ziwu, the Secretary, Mr Franklin Anku, the Propaganda Secretary, Hajia Sidi Foster, the Women Organiser, Abdul Razak Taliban, the Youth Organiser and Francis Amenorhu, the Treasurer. Other executive members were Eric Odenkey Abbey, Yaw Anim, Sai Quansah, Rocky Seku, Mac Acquaye, Mr Kwami Anyigba, and Comfort Owusu. Various speakers including the MP for the Constituency Mr Sorogho Amadu, Mrs Helena Mensah, MP for Ho East, Mr James Avedzi, MP for Ketu North and Flt Lt Milthiades Tackey (rtd), Second Vice Chairman of the Greater Accra Regional NDC, appealed to party members, supporters and sympathisers to close their ranks, be united for a formidable win in both the parliamentary and presidential elections in 2008. Flt-Lt Tackey reminded the delegates not to be deceived of an easy win in 2008 because of the weaknesses in the New Patriotic Party but rather organise to monitor and be vigilant in all activities in the run-up to the 2008 elections.

He accused the NPP of influencing the electorate with money and other enticements and that events in the recent bye-elections in the Asawase and Odododiodoo constituencies showed that people were no longer interested in "money politics." "Expose those who try to influence you with money," Flt Lt Tackey said, and appealed to the people of the Zongo communities not to allow themselves to be used by politicians for violence against political opponents.

Flt-Lt Tackey also suggested to the Members of Parliament to have time and listen to the concerns of their constituents, and called on them to hold at least a forum once in a month with them. Prof John Atta Mills, the NDC flag bearer in Election 2004 whose unexpected arrival drew excitement from the delegates, said the NDC wanted people who "were prepared to die and sacrifice for the NDC." Prof Mills, who is resident in the constituency, said Ghanaians were suffering from the misrule of the NPP and called on the delegates to work hard to win more support for the NDC to be victorious in the 2008 elections.