Former National Democratic Congress (NDC) Chairman Dr. Obed Yao Asamoah has said that former President John Mahama’s running mate in the 2020 general election was unable to have an impact in the central region.
In an interview with JoyNews‘ Benjamin Akakpo during the AM Show on Monday, he said under the watch of Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang; the NDC lost a seat in its home region.
“The lady who is Mahama’s running mate lost the central region in the last elections. Lost an entire constituency,” the former attorney general said.
Dr Obed Asamoah, however, did not reveal which constituency the opposition party lost.
The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) lost nine of its parliamentary seats to the opposition NDC which swept 13 of the region’s 23 seats, including nine new ones wrested from the NPP.
Prior to the 2020 general election, the NPP had 19 seats while the opposition NDC held four parliamentary seats in the region.
According to him, it could pose a danger to the party in the 2024 general election if the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) chooses Trade Minister Alan Kyerematen to run on the party list in the 2024 general election.
“Alan Kyerematen is a factor to consider. He could win. If he does, it poses a threat to the NDC in the central region. Because his mother’s side is from the central region.
Dr Obed Asamoah thinks “there needs to be fresh thinking” in the opposition party.
“There might be repairs to make for it to succeed. But so far it hasn’t had an impact,” he said.
Dr. Obed Asamoah further disclosed that the gains made by the NDC in previous elections were all in the nation’s capital.
In Accra, he said the disagreement between the government and parts dealers had worked in favor of the NDC.
“They (the spare parts dealers) thought the taxation against them was too high. Many of them supported the NDC. We were ready to authorize Okada. It was also an important factor against the NPP,” he added.