– Dep. Communication Officer assures
A Deputy Communication Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Amasaman Constituency in Accra, Addo Benjamin Armah, is convinced the good people of Amasaman, will safeguard the seat for NDC once again, by retaining the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) as candidate in the 2020 elections.
According to him, given the sequence of events regarding parliamentary elections in the Amasaman constituency, the current MP, Nii Okai Laryea, is the only NDC candidate, who has won the seat for the NDC in two consecutive elections.
He explained that, the sharp decline of figures in the parliamentary votes in the Constituency during the 2016 election, is not frightening, since the last election results was a general tsunami that hit the NDC across the country, and is not limited to Amasaman.
Mr Benjamin Armah, made these remarks in an elections analysis piece, copied The Herald on Tuesday, titled: NDC Will Maintain Amasaman Seat With Same Candidate, Figures Not Scary!
Below Is The Full Write-Up
Just as any true party member, I usually get worried when the margin of 7,961 was closed to 265 in 2016 comes to mind. In fact, looking at the figures from a lane man’s point of view and without proper analysis would create the impression that the figures are scary.
I took some time off my schedule to study to analyse the election figures and it disconfirmed my previous assertion. I then realised that it was a nationwide crisis that rocked the NDC party in the 2016 general elections. The party had very serious problems with regards to the utilization of its structures especially at the branches. This in addition to other factors, cost us as a party so much.
I maintain that,it was a nationwide tsunami that hits the party because similar, if not worst things happened in other constituencies across the country. In Greater Accra alone, we lost 7 seats. These are Krowor, Madina, Ablekuma Central, Ledzokuku, Ngleshie Amanfrom, La Dadekotpon and Adenta.
In 2012, we won these seats by the following margins:
- Krowor – 2,820 votes2.Madina – 6,596 votes3. Ablekuma Central – 1, 3414.Ledzokuku – 10,486
5.Ngleshie Amanfrom –1886.La Dadekotpon – 15,4837.Adenta – 4,604
However, in the 2016 general election, the NDC lost these seats by the following margins:
- Krowor – 2,106 votes2.Madina – 8,633 votes3.Ablekuma Central – 6,1984.Ledzokuku – 2,1675.Ngleshie Amanfrom – 6,6296.La Dadekotpon – 1,6227.Adenta – 1,364
Let me go into the details of Ledzokuku for instance. In 2012, NDC’s Parliamentary Candidate, Benita Sena Okity-Duah won by polling 52,524 as against NPP candidate’s 42,038. That is a margin of 10,486. Then President John Dramani Mahama, polled 53,710 whilst NPP’s Nana Addo had 40,662(Margin of 13,048). So when you compare the margins of win between Sena Okity-Duah and John Mahama, it is clear the former president polled 2,562 votes more than the parliamentary candidate, Sena Okity-Duah.
In 2016, Ledzokuku NDC presented the same Parliamentary Candidate, Benita Sena Okity-Duah, but this time, lost to the NPP’s candidate, Dr. Oko Boye. He polled 45,259 as against Sena Okity-Duah’s 43,092. She lost with a margin of 2,167 votes. Surprisingly, John Mahama won the presidential race the same Constituency by polling 44,406 as against Nana Addo’s 43,956. That’s a margin of 450 votes.
There are several of such instances where the party lost completely, parliamentary seats that it has previously been winning with big margins.
If that could happen in one constituency, that someone who won in 2012 with a margin of 10,486 could not even maintain but lost the seat by a whopping 2,167 what makes the case of Amasaman so scary?
In the case of Amasaman in 2012, the incumbent NDC MP, Nii Okai Laryea won by a margin of 7,961 and retained the seat in 2016 with a margin of 265 votes. In 2012, JM won in Amasaman with a margin of 12,699 but in 2016, he won Amasaman with a margin of 3,935. This implies that contrary to the popular notion that JM performed better in Amasaman than the MP in 2016, cannot be accurate. This is so, because JM lost 8,764 margin of votes between 2012 and 2016 whilst Hon. Nii Okai Laryea lost 7,702 votes between 2012 and 2016.
It is an open secret that in the run up to the 2016 elections, there existed a conflict between the MP and the MCE. This was a major cause of the woes of the party in the Amasaman Constituency. It got worst to the level that an MCE appointed by NDC, Hon. Sam Atuquaye Quaye, openly campaigned against the NDC candidate, the MP.
One would have thought that, irrespective of what has happened between them, the MCE, in order to demonstrate their love for the party, would keep mute if wouldn’t campaign for the NDC Parliamentary Candidate. Contrarily, he campaigned for skirt and blouse. Unfortunately, in the end, he ended up losing his job as an MCE but the MP retained his stake.
The dynamics of Amasaman politics cannot be left out. Per records, no single Member of Parliament has been able to retain the seat for two consecutive terms in this Amasaman Constituency since the inception of the fourth republic. In 1992, this constituency was part of Ga-South and National Convention Party’s Frederick Aryee Laryea won. In 1996, NDC’s Margaret Clarke Kwesie won the seat.
In the year 2000, NDC maintained the seat but this time round with a different candidate in the person of, Mr. Ernest Attuquaye Armah. It is significant to note that, he won with a margin of 11,320 votes. Terrifyingly, in 2004, when Trobu-Amasaman was carved out of Ga South, Ernest Attuquaye Armah of the NDC lost by 442 votes to the NPP’s Samuel Aryeetey Attoh. NDC’s Ernest Attuquaye Armah again beat NPP’s Moses Anim in 2008 with a margin of 2,852 votes.
However, in 2012, the constituency was divided into two, Trobu and Amasaman. Hon. Nii Okai Laryea maintained the seat for NDC in the Amasaman Constituency with a margin of 7,961 votes. It should therefore, come as a surprise and an accolade to Hon. Nii Okai Laryea that he succeeded this time around, contrary to the chronology of antiquity, to maintain the seat for the NDC.
The above solid justifications for the depreciation of votes however do not imply that all is well with the NDC at the grassroots in the Amasaman constituency. Several of our branches were weak. Improvements have though been made considering the level of participation in the branch elections. Majority of the current branch executives have shown keen interest in maintaining the seat and have pledged their commitment to the course. They need to be empowered to do more. The current MP,Hon Nii Okai Laryea has also pledged his commitment to bringing the party back to life and working hand in hand with the branches this time around.
There is a devastating division among the current Constituency Executive Committee members. The division that existed before the Constituency Elections is still existent and as the days go by, it rather deepens. This disunity was fueled by some regional and national executives due to their parochial interest in the run up to the Constituency Conference. I therefore call on the newly constituted Regional Executive body to try their possible best resolve this issue.
Nothing can prevent the NDC from maintaining the Amasaman seat. We all need to put aside our individual differences and work collectively for the betterment of the party in this constituency.
The ruling NPP has failed Ghanaians in all aspects. Cost of living is high, Dr. Bawumia has let loose the dollar (US$1=GHc5), one week one scandal(Over corrupt), family and friends government, elephantiasis government(111 ministers), poor implementation of progressive free SHS, over borrowing(Contrary to what the President and his vice said when they were in opposition), etc. They are simply super-incompetent.
We cannot turn a deaf ear on Ghanaians’ call for us. We would surely bounce back into government in 2020. Insha Allahu.
The victory of the NDC is coming again!
3y3 Zu, 3y3 Za!!!
By: ADDO BENJAMIN ARMAH
DEPUTY COMMUNICATION OFFICER