General News of Thu, 23 Mar 201750
NDC’s defeat ‘terrible’ – Twum Boafo
The loss suffered by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in last year’s presidential and parliamentary elections was extremely terrible, Kwadwo Twum Boafo, a former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Free Zones Board and member of the NDC, has said.
According to him, almost every member of the NDC was confident the party was going to win the elections given the massive work the party had done in government, hence the results in the polls came as complete shock to the party.
The NDC lost both presidential and parliamentary elections to the New Patriotic Party.
The NPP presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, polled 5,716,026 votes (53.85%) to beat incumbent President John Mahama who had 4,713, 277 votes (44.40%) as announced by Electoral Commission chairperson Charlotte Osei.
Speaking for the first time after the NDC’s defeat on GHOne’s State of Affairs hosted by Nana Aba Anamoah on Wednesday March 22, Mr Twum Boafo said: “The defeat was terrible, any of us was very confident we would win.
“I thought we had a superior argument because the then president had told the truth to Ghanaians with the state of the economy.”
When asked what lapses were committed by the NDC to have occasioned the party’s defeat, he said: “Every government makes mistakes, but I am not proud of the mistakes the NDC made. The bus branding saga, for instance, was completely avoidable, it could have been done in a different way that would not have generated so much brouhaha.”