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I won’t contest NDC Chairmanship position – Allotey Jacobs

The Central Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Bernard Alllotey Jacobs has said he’s not interested in contesting for the position anymore.

According to him, he’s rescinded his earlier decision because he’s very bitter.

“I won’t contest anymore, I have my reasons…I’ve told you that I’m very bitter and I’ll not hide it. The way things went about if I’m to voice out, it wouldn’t be good for the NDC party. If I contest I’ll say a lot of things, it’s better I don’t contest and allow new faces to come out and lead the party.”

Allotey Jacobs who has been the chairman of the party for the past eight years said he was sidelined in the campaign leading to the 2016 elections as he didn’t receive campaign materials and resources.

“The party’s structure were sidelined prior to the 2016 elections. They avoided the party structures, no funds, no T shirts. I want somebody to come and tell me that I was given campaign materials or cash.” He said on Peace FM Wednesday.

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The NDC, prior to the 2016 general elections, had 16 parliamentary seats in the Central Region while the then opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) had seven seats, but the party was only able to have four seats as against the NPP’s 19 in the 2016 contest.

Another blow to the NDC in the 2016 parliamentary elections was the loss of two of its traditional seats, the Ekumfi and the Twifo-Atimokwa constituencies, to the NPP.

In the presidential elections, the NDC had 43.4 percent of the total presidential votes in the Central Region in 2016 as against 52.1 percent in 2012

The NPP secured 53.2 percent of votes cast in the region in 2016 as increasing the 45.5 percent it had in 2012.

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