NDC elects parliamentary candidate for New Juaben North
Jumapo (E/R), Feb. 03, GNA-Joshua Attah-Mensah, Eastern Regional Deputy Propaganda Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Saturday won the primaries of the New Juaben North Constituency branch of the NDC to represent the party in the constituency during the 2008 parliamentary elections.
He polled 50 votes to defeat the former New Juaben Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. Emmanuel Adu-Boateng, who polled 36 and the parliamentary candidate of the party for the 2004 elections, Mr, Frank Mensah Frimpong-Boateng.
Speaking at the function, Mr Antwi Boasiako-Sekyere of the Office of Professor John Evans Atta-Mills Campaign team, called on people who were talking about the health of Prof. Atta Mills to stop and rather talk about issues of governance.
He said the attempt to shift the debate from issues to personal affairs is a sign of desperation by the opponents of the NDC and he called on members of the party to unite and fight on for the party to win Election 2008.
Mr. Boasiako-Sekyere explained that, despite the attempt to publicly demonstrate unity among the personalities who contested to become the flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), on the ground, the way that party organized the campaign had divided the party to the extent that it is no long united as it used to be and urged the members of NDC to take advantage of the situation to march forward to victory.
The Eastern Regional Chairman of NDC, Mr Julius Debrah called on the people of New Juaben North Constituency to
vote for NDC who are their natural allies because of its social
democratic programmes which favours the development of
people in rural and agrarian communities such as people in
the constituency. He explained that, full flair capitalist parties like NPP who
believes in property owning democracy did not pursue
political agenda that favour rural communities and at best
undertake one or two programmes that are in the interest of
the rural areas which they show of, while majority of their
programmes are anti-poor and agrarian communities. Mr. Debrah cited the failure of the NPP government to
protect the interest of tomato farmers in Northern Ghana
against the importation of similar products from neighbouring
countries, the inability to protect the local poultry industry
against importation of cheap and inferior quality products
and the government's inability to implement the rice project
started by NDC government aimed at making Ghana net
exporter of rice as some of anti-agrarian policies of the
government. He said, in Mali, there is a policy that hotels up to four
star hotels should use local fowls in preparing their meals and
so many homes rearing local fowls at their backyard in Mali
could easily sell them to the hotels and have some money for
the home, which he described as a better way of poverty
reduction. The Regional Organizer of the party, Mr Tawiah Boateng
called on drivers to vote for NDC so that when it comes back
to power, it would guarantee loans for them to acquire buses
and pay back under a "work and pay" policy to create
employment. He said instead of finding a better way of reducing
motor accidents and encouraging motorists to abide by the
road traffic regulations, the government of NPP found it
convenient to establish special courts to impose heavy finds
on drivers and throw them into jail while there are no special
courts to speedily deal with criminal and cocaine cases. Mr. Boateng said now it seemed drivers, who broke the
law were made to suffer more heavy penalties than some
cocaine dealers and criminals arrested by the law
enforcement agencies. 03 Feb. 2008