We lost Hohoe seat partly through gerrymandering—Asiedu Nketia

The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Asiedu Nketia, has stated that the Hohoe Constituency seat in the Volta Region was lost partly through gerrymandering.

He explained that the carving out of the Guan enclave from the Hohoe Constituency although unlawful, could not be reversed although they fought it.

“There is the need for the members, supporters, sympathisers, well-wishers and faithful of the party to look at the new Hohoe Constituency without Guan and begin to strategise to win the seat back so the assumption by members and supporters of the party that the NDC will always win political votes in the Volta Region is a challenge,” Mr Nketia cautioned.

Addressing Branch Executives of NDC in Hohoe as part of activities to mark the party’s 30th Anniversary, he decried that the biggest enemy of the party was complacency, where members and supporters tend to think whatever happened is to win Volta Region because it is the party’s stronghold and must win at all cost which made everyone disappointed but not surprised the party lost the parliamentary seat in the Hohoe constituency.

The occasion was also used to educate and sensitise them on the party’s membership registration processes.

According to Mr Nketia, the party had decided to embark on decision-guided research in the region particularly in the Hohoe constituency ahead of winning the 2024 general election because the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government was focused on disrupting the NDC’s power base which was the Volta Region with decisions such as separating the region into Oti.

“The creation of Oti Region has even gone in favour of NDC by being the only region where all parliamentary seats were won,” Mr Nketia said.

Ofosu Ampofo, the National Chairman of the NDC, noted that it was important if the Hohoe seat was won, the narrative at the national level would have been different and leadership of the party was proud of members and supporters in Hohoe who stood their grounds despite all influences and voted for the NDC describing them as true heroes of the party.

“There is the need to bring together all members, supporters, sympathisers, well-wishers and faithful to reconcile with each other, and see themselves as one people with a common agenda,” he implored.

Della Sowah, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Kpando Constituency in the Volta Region, indicated that the 2024 elections in the Hohoe constituency must not be business as usual but begin the hard work and not wait until it was late.

Henry Ametefe, the Volta Regional Chairman of the NDC, said parliamentary democracy required that a member and supporter of a party must die for that party.

Anni Bansah, Hohoe Constituency Chairman of the NDC, urged the national executives to input measures to ensure votes of the party in the constituency must be protected ahead of 2024 elections. -GNA

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