National Youth Organizer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Sammy Awuku says the ‘No’ votes for President John Dramani Mahama in the NDC Primaries signifies a “damning verdict” of the party supporters against his candidacy in the 2016 general elections.
Speaking on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’, Sammy Awuku noted that the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) grassroots have lost confidence in the current Mahama administration and given a hint of his defeat in next year’s elections.
“The ‘No’ votes against President Mahama are a damning verdict of the NDC supporters against him” and this result proves that the “NDC grassroots are disappointed with the government…I am convinced that the NDC is living on borrowed time.”
He recounted that President John Mahama recorded the highest numbers of ‘No’ votes in his strongholds.
First on the list is his home region – the Northern Region – followed by Central Region where Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur hails from and Volta Region, which is the party’s stronghold.
“The highest number of ‘No’ votes was recorded in the President’s home region. That’s the Northern Region. That’s 10190, and this is their official breakdown to us. That’s the President’s home region; the Northern region where he played tribal politics. That’s where the people voted No more…The second highest ‘No’ vote that President Mahama got was from the Volta Region. That is the biggest stronghold,” he stated.
Sammy Awuku cast doubts about President Mahama’s popularity with the NDC because to him, the party’s Presidential elections result is a reflection of his poor governance.
“President Mahama contested against a ghost candidate. The one he contested did not exist. ‘No’ didn’t campaign. ‘No’ didn’t appoint DCEs, who paid delegates on his behalf. ‘No’ doesn’t have a car, bicycle or motor. ‘No’ didn’t go anywhere in Ghana. It sat at one place on the paper. NDC pitched President Mahama against a ghost candidate; No. Yet, the ‘No’ which didn’t go anywhere or pay money, the No got 5 percent against President Mahama in his own party!”