Some leading members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) are asking the Vice Presidential Candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Mahamud Bawumia, to retrace his political roots and return to the NDC.The campaign launch of the NDC parliamentary nominee for Walewale Constituency, Abdallah Abubakar, was agog with messages either challenging Dr. Bawumia on his critique of the economy or urging him to join the NDC.
Thousands of NDC supporters thronged the Walewale Football Park for the campaign launch. Abdallah Abubakar, addressing the frenzy crowd, called on electorates to consider the enormous developmental projects in voting during the December general elections.
He is confident the NDC will win votes for both the Parliamentary and Presidential race in the Walawale constituency.
Mr. Abubakar claims his performance as Northern Region Minister in the past six months is better than the eight years of incumbent Member of Parliament, Dr Sagre Bambangi.
“Compare my six months in office to the eight years of Dr Sagre Bambangi, my six months is witnessing the construction of roads, the connecting of communities unto the national grid and providing of potable drinking water to some communities.
“This year’s election isn’t about talks but about work and I have proven to you within these few months that I can deliver. We are taking back our seat, and winning the presidential votes for President John Dramani Mahama,” he said.
Several ministers of state and NDC stalwarts, who took to the campaign platform, focused their messages on Dr. Mahamudu Bamumia, Nana Addo’s running mate and a former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana.
Minister for Roads and Highways and the Member of Parliament for the Tamale Central Constituency, Inusah Fuseini, charged Dr. Bamumia to trace his political roots. “NPP is not his home, he doesn’t belong to NPP.
He should go back and check the records, from 1992 to 2000. There’s no political party in Ghana that insulted his father more than the NPP, he was called a political prostitute, he was called a foreigner, they said he didn’t deserve any political appointment.”
The Northern Regional Campaign Coordinator Alhaji Mohammed Muniru Limuna also tagged the economist as being ungrateful to the National Democratic Congress.
He argues, “Dr Bawumia’s bills while in school was paid by the National Democratic Congress and he’s a beneficiary of the good will of the party thus we are waiting and praying he realizes he’s with the wrong political party”.
National Campaign Coordinator of the NDC, Kofi Adams, added his voice to the call on Dr Bawumia to come back to where he belongs, adding “the New Patriotic Party will never win and it is better for him to join us. National Democratic Congress is an umbrella and we welcome everybody on board same way we welcomed Abdallah Abubakari from the PNC”.
He also encouraged party supporters to intensify the door-to-door campaign to canvass votes for the party. The Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, Murtala Mohammed, addressing supporters did not mince words when he told Dr Bawumia that “economic figures mean nothing to electorates in Walewale, GDP growth has done ABC is useless to electorates.
What is important for the electorates is that they were without power, potable drinking water, good roads, essential facilities but now they have”.