The Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong has stated that the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) cannot afford to relinquish political power to the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) as the alternative party would “be worse and scary to the prospects of the country”.
The Assin Central legislator has, therefore, advised the NPP not to waste time on the newly elected NDC national executives, but focus on the 2024 general election.
Addressing leadership of the NPP during a visit to the party’s head office, he maintained that the crop of leaders elected by the NDC, particularly, party Chairman, Asiedu Nketiah, and General Secretary Fiifi Kwetey, signals that the opposition party is poised to turn the 2024 electioneering campaign on insults and propaganda.
Mr Agyapong recalled how these same persons fabricated documents and assigned money in false bank accounts for him and other NPP stalwarts ahead of the 2008 general election as a ploy to hoodwink Ghanaians into believing that members of the then ruling government were dissipating state resources for themselves.
He indicated that although those stories were untrue, many Ghanaians believed them, affecting the electoral fortunes of the NPP.
Consequently, he has cautioned the NPP to devise strategies to counter any such allegations if the NDC brings them up.
Mr. Agyapong praised the national officers of the NPP for the steps taken to bring the party and government together for a common purpose.
He emphasised that closeness in party and government is important for ensuring unity to ‘break the eight’ years governance cycle.
According to him, it affords an opportunity for the government and other officials to liaise with each other in the implementation of policies and programmes.
He pledged his support to whoever would be elected flagbearer of the party and called on others in the party to do the same, saying unity would be key to the party’s victory in 2024.
Meanwhile, the Assin Central MP has donated 9,000 bags of 50 kilograms of rice to all NPP executives at the polling station, electoral area, and constituency levels across the country.
He has also donated two sets of jerseys and two footballs to each of the 275 constituencies in the country.
“This is my widow’s mite to the party for Christmas. Though I believe it will not cater for them throughout the year, at least it will help make others happy to have received something from their party,” he stated.
He appealed to leaders of the party not to hoard items for personal use but ensure that all allocated party officers get their fair share of the donation.