The National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Greater Accra Region, is targeting 2 million votes for it presidential candidate and 28 parliamentary seats in the 2016 general elections.
The regional executives are promising to double the target set by their counterparts in the Ashanti Region, who have promised 1 million votes for President John Dramani Mahama, who is likely not to be challenged in the party’s primaries later this year.
This was revealed when the regional executives led by the chairman, Joseph Kobina Ade Coker, inaugurated the various committees tasked to see to the realization of the above mentioned targets, last Thursday in Accra.
The committees, totaling ten included, Council of Elders, headed by Mr. Ade Coker; Finance, chaired by former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Sylvester Mensah, Communications is headed by the region’s Communication Officer, Jerry Johnson, and Election chaired by the Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Vanderpujie.
The rest of the committees are, Social Services, Disciplinary, chaired by Madam Hannah Ennin; Legal chaired by James Enu, Research headed by Anthony Nukpenu; and Co-opted Regional Executive Members.
In a brief speech, Mr. Ade Coker, said the vision was going to be achieved, only if members commit themselves to the task ahead in 2016.
In the view of the chairman, considering the enormous challenge ahead, any committee member, who fails to play his or her expected role, would be replaced with someone who is willing to do the job. “If you are made a member, be an active member, and not a passive one”, he charged the groups.
He said, unity was the strongest weapon the party would have to adopt to ensure that, division and bickering, are entertained nowhere near the committees, to enable them lead the rest of the people in the region.
Mr. Ade Coker was convinced that, when unity is seen as paramount in all their deliberations, constituencies such as, Ablekuma West, Weija-Gbawe, Tema Central and a few others, which have been held by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for some time now, would fall for the NDC.
Owning to the remarkable work executed by the region in the last elections, executives are emboldened to work harder to meet the target for the 2016 elections.
In the 2012 elections, the NDC, won both the presidential and parliamentary elections in the Greater Accra Region, and the party is aiming to repeat that feat, but this time with a wider margin.
It is believed that, in most of the elections that have been conducted over the period, any party that wins the region, often times, wins the general elections. He called for all hands on deck approach to ensure victory next year.
On the upcoming presidential and parliamentary primaries, Mr. Ade Coker, tasked all regional executives to remain neutral, to ensure that the process was free and fair to all candidates.
He warned the executives from arrogating to themselves, the “kingmaker” title noting, the party in the region will not hesitate crack the whip on anyone who indulges in any act that will go contrary to the lay down rules. “Stay in your lane, do not make yourself the kingmaker”.
Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, challenged party members to be discipline at all levels adding, “we must make sure we stay in line”.
He warned against backbiting and irresponsible acts which could go to undermine efforts by the party in the region. The Kpone-Katamanso Member of Parliament (MP), charged fellow party members to appreciate efforts of members who have contributed immensely to bring the NDC to where it is now.
The ceremony was attended by most of the MPs and executives, in the region.