A former National Organiser of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has suggested to his party to consider looking at other Akan regions for running mates going into the 2024 general elections.
He said the focus on Central Region is an old strategy that needs change.
Mr. Boateng Gyan argues that the party has been very loyal to the Central region from the time of late former President Jerry Rawlings to former President John Dramani Mahama.
The former National Organizer noted that in the situation that the flagbearer is not chosen from any of the other Akan speaking areas, and the running is again chosen from Central, it may send a bad signal to the Akans.
“It is high time we looked at the Ashanti, Eastern or Bono regions for running mate too. We have chosen running mates four times from the Central regions and I believe this may discourage our people in the other regions”, he noted.
According to him, 2024 will not be an easy contest for the NDC and thus the party needs a good strategy that will win the hearts of their members in all the regions.
Meanwhile, some members of the party are of the view that his comments have come a bit too early when the party has not gone to Congress to choose their next flagbearer.
They say even though the call is a good one, timing is a key component in making such decisions for the desired effect.
A staunch member of the NDC grassroots Efo Korshie Newton said “we have to also look at other factors in choosing a running mate and not just the region.
“We have to look at the popularity and adaptation levels in these issues. People may see themselves to be qualified in those regions but timing may not favor them, or some are not even popular and adaptation may be difficult for the voters.”
He however noted that the party should be grooming people in those regions mentioned by Mr. Boateng Gyan and those already in the limelight must also make themselves heard on critical national issues.
“People like Dr. Samuel Sarpong and Alex Mould would be very good running mates from the Ashanti region but we barely hear from them on radio and tv discussions, I think they should work on their human relations more”.
A National Communication team member and deputy communication officer of the Asawase branch of the NDC Mussah Abatoire reacting to the suggestion noted that “even though his call is not in the wrong direction, I think it has rather too early.
“It will be difficult to say that picking a running mate from the Ashanti region will impact positively on our votes in 2024, because all our votes are mainly from the Zongos so we need someone who will appeal to both the Zongos and the Akan speaking areas”.
Picking someone like Dr. Kwabena Dufuor according to Musah, will give the NDC votes from the chiefs, opinion leaders and business community but that approach will not make much effect.