The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has sent a high-powered delegation to campaign in the Brong-Ahafo Region reportedly using helicopters.
This, according to sources, follows threats by the people of the region to vote against the NDC, due to the government’s inability to make the Bank of Ghana pay back their lost investments at DKM Microfinance Company and other investment companies.
The campaign team, purportedly being led by Kwamena Ahwoi, onetime Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, is reportedly canvassing for votes for the NDC and President Mahama with two helicopters and a fleet of V8 vehicles.
Surprisingly, Mr Ahwoi, who has not been involved in active politics since Mr. Rawlings’ term of office ended, is reported to be leading the onslaught to win over the region.
Other members of the team are Julius Debrah, Chief of Staff; the Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, Eric Opoku; Solomon Nkansah and Koku Anyidoho. The difficulty facing the team is that their messages are not sinking in since the people’s focus is on the DKM scandal, according to sources.
At Yefri in the Nkoranza North District, Mr Eric Opoku told the people that there was the need for them to vote for the NDC since the first lady, Lordina Mahama, comes from the constituency. In other constituencies that the team visited, Mr. Opoku kept reminding them that since the first lady is an indigene of the Brong-Ahafo Region, they should vote for the NDC.
During his last campaign tour of the region, President Mahama and his wife also travelled across the region in two helicopters and a fleet of V8 luxurious vehicles, infuriating the people, who are reeling under the DKM scandal and harsh economic conditions.
Co-incidentally, the team is in town when DKM is paying its customers only 20% of their total investments. One pensioner who said he deposited GH¢40,000 with DKM and ended up receiving only GH¢3,500, collapsed and died.
One lady who gave her name as Akosua Birago said her son who lives and works in the United Statess sent her GH¢2,000 to start building a house for him. She said when the investment companies started operating at Berekum she deposited the amount with God is Love Fun Club but a week after that, the company was dissolved.
According to her, when she called her son to inform him about what had happened, he said he would never send any money back home again.