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THE MAMMOTH welcome given the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Western regional women’s organiser when she visited the Ellembelle constituency in the Western Region last Friday was a clear indication of the momentum the party was gathering to face the 2012 elections in the constituency.

Madam Joan Abena Kwallah was in the constituency on a listening campaign and also to thank the people for their support.

An overwhelming crowd, most of them clad in the NPP colours of blue, red and white, thronged the principal streets of Aiyinase, a farming community in the Ellembelle district, to welcome her.

As she moved with her entourage, comprising Madam Joycelyn Efiba-Dadzie, Ellembelle Constituency Women’s Organizer of NPP; Tawiah Denis, Deputy Regional Women’s Organizer and Hajia Rukayatu, a leading member of the regional women’s wing of the party, the crowd followed with deafening cheers and praises.

They later converged on the Aiyinase market where the NPP regional women’s organizer addressed the massive crowd that had gathered to listen to her.

Madam Kwallah lashed out at President John Evans Atta Mills and his functionaries, describing their performance as a total disappointment.

She alleged that the president and his government were executing the mandate given them by the masses without any clear focus.

According to her, President Mills had been a total disappointment and that Ghanaians did not have a choice than to support the NPP to return to power for the nation to move onto the path of real development.

She urged the supporters of the party at the grassroots to be very vigilant, particularly at the polling stations during the 2012 elections to prevent multiple voting.

She explained that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s ‘all-die-be-die’ comment was meant to urge party members to be courageous in the face of intimidation.

She expressed confidence in the ability of the NPP parliamentary aspirant for the area, one Mr. Bonz, to provide a strong voice to articulate the concerns and problems confronting the people in the constituency.

Madam Kwallah assured the people that when elected into Parliament as their representative, Bonzo, popularly called Ellembelle David, would serve the interest of everybody irrespective of their political, religious or ethnic backgrounds.

The NPP regional women’s organizer urged the people to register when the biometric registration exercise began to ensure that they got the opportunity to vote in the 2012 general elections.

She was optimistic that the biometric registration would help address the problems of multiple registrations and voting, which according to her, had always been a normal practice in the Ellembelle constituency.

During an open forum, the people complained about the increasing underdevelopment in the constituency, and associated it to the absence of effective leadership on the part of the area’s District Chief Executive.

They also commended the NPP parliamentary aspirant for being the strongest advocate and mouthpiece of the people even though he was not yet their MP.

From Aiyinase, Madam Kwallah and her team moved to Kambugnli, a Muslim community in the constituency and Asasetre, also in the area, where she addressed two separate Muslim groups.

The regional NPP women’s organizer blatantly told the Muslims that the kind of leadership they were witnessing at both the local and national level was not what they needed.

“You need a more proactive, qualitative, and purposeful leadership to ensure development and that is what the NPP is poised to give,” she stressed.

Madam Kwalla had earlier visited the Muslim community at Tarkwa, where a staunch supporter of the NDC in the area announced her defection to the NPP.

Madam Ajara, a former die-hard NDC activist who defected to the NPP, said a lot of NDC members were disappointed in the Mills administration, hence her decision to defect to the NPP.

Addressing the Tarkwa-Nsuaem constituency executives of the NPP, Madam Kwallah urged them to forge ahead in unity and win the seat in 2012.

She also appealed to them to campaign vigorously for Nana Addo to become the president to help save the future of the unborn generation.

Source: Emmanuel Opoku, Aiyinase

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