A flagbearer hopeful of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, has told party delegates to build a strong, formidable, and united front to win the 2024 general elections.
He said presently, the party is riding on a limp due to the level of apathy within the rank and file of the party, as there have been several complaints by the party people that they have not reaped the benefits of their efforts to bring the party into power in the 2016 and 2020 general elections.
He has therefore assured them that he will work tirelessly to address all their concerns and build a formidable front to win the 2024 elections should he be elected as the flagbearer of the NPP.
“Due to the hard work of the Polling Station Executives and Electoral Area coordinators, as well as the constituency executives, among others, President Akufo-Addo won the 2016 Presidential elections with more than 1.5 million votes. In the Parliamentary elections, we won 167 seats out of the 275 seats. Was the story the same in 2020? In the presidential elections, our numbers dropped, and in the parliamentary elections, we lost 32 seats. This should send a signal that we need a new direction and focus as a party”, he noted.
He added, “When I became the Minister of Food and Agriculture, I decided to visit all 16 regions every year to see if the programmes and policies the Ministry is implementing are impacting the lives of the people, except in 2020 during the outbreak of COVID-19. During those times, in every region I visited, I found time to interact with party faithful to see if all was well with them. To be honest with you, what I heard wasn’t pleasant at all. Almost everybody is crying that they have been abandoned; they don’t have any work to do, they are starving, and their children are not able to go to school. We can’t go into the 2024 general elections with this situation we find ourselves in”.
The former Minister of Food and Agriculture made this observation while addressing party delegates made up of polling station executives, electoral area coordinators, constituency executives, and council of elders on his nationwide campaign tour, which began in the Greater Accra Region on Monday, June 3, 2023.
Among the constituencies Dr. Afriyie Akoto visited are Shai-Osudoku, Ningo-Prampram, Ashaiman, Domeabra-Obom, Ayawaso East, and Ayawaso West North constituencies.
He was accompanied by his two Co-Campaign Chairmen, Alfred Boye, a former Greater Accra NPP Regional Chairman, and Ken-Wuud Nuworsu, also a former NPP Volta Regional Chairman; the National Coordinator of the Campaign Team, Peter Oteng Darko; and the Campaign Spokesperson, Dr. Prince Sodoke Amuzu.
Speaking further to the issue, Dr. Afriyie Akoto, who is also a two-term Member of Parliament (MP) for Kwadaso, said the current state of the party is not the best to enter the 2024 general elections with, underscoring the importance of building a strong and formidable united front to break the eight-year governance cycle.
Determined to change the situation, Dr. Afriyie Akoto assured the delegates that he would endeavour to explore options to address all their welfare concerns when they gave him the nod to be the party’s flagbearer for the 2024 general elections.
“I am pleading with you not to despair but to keep hope alive. A vote for Dr. Afriyie Akoto will ensure that things are changed for the better. Your welfare has always been my topmost priority and will continue to be when you vote for me as flagbearer of the NPP”, he underscored.