NDC To Lose Agona East In 2016 If…

Two persons who recently won top positions in the recent internal elections of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have a big headache now. The two – Mr. Kofi Portuphy, the National Chairman and Mr. Allotey Jacobs, the Central Regional Chairman have seen the progress of the party losing the Central Regional seat of Agona East unfolding before them but seem powerless to act!

The process of the NDC to lose the seat has been started, ironically by the incumbent NDC Member of Parliament (MP), Mrs. Pokuah Sawyerr, who is also the deputy Central Regional Minister.

In July, 2014, the Agona East District Assembly, in a resolution, decided to site one of resident John Mahama’s 200 Community SHS buildings. 21 Assembly members voted for the project to be sited at Agona Duakwa but only three members voted for the MPs choice of Agona Namawra.

The MPs choice of Namawra is that the chief of Duakwa, Nana Kofi Amoakwa V, is allegedly a staunch supporter of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) and sitting the school at Duakwa would play to the NPP’s advantage.

A highly placed source at the Flagstaff House told the Daily Dispatch, “I listened to your Editor (Ben Ephson) on his show, EPHSON’s File last Friday and I agreed with his analysis that NDC is likely to lose the seat if the current trend of illogicalities continue.”

He continues, “My regret and anger is that the MP’s wrong analysis is swaying government. Granted Nana Amoakwa is an NPP member and so what? Is the NPP the party in government? If the school is built, does she think the chief built it with his own money or money from the NPP?

The Dispatch has sighted letters supporting the MPs stand from NDC national and Central Region executive members.

Analysis of documents letters on this controversy by the Dispatch indicates the MPs stand is based more on ego and show of power than truth – to the extent that if the NDC would lose these eat in the 2016 parliamentary elections, she does not care.

For those ignorant of the political dynamics of the Agona East constituency, Mrs. Sawyerr snatched the seat from the incumbent NPP MP in the 2012 elections. She cannot claim that she did not get votes from floating/swing voters at Duakwa.

For those supporting the MPs stand without deeper analysis, are they implying that all the 21 assembly members who voted for the NPP?

If the NDC national and Central regional executives support the MP to have the SHS built at any other place than Duakwa, then the Dispatch can authoritatively state that some of the assembly members who are NDC and voted for the sitting of the SHS at Duakwa, have threatened to vote against Mrs. Sawyerr but vote for President Mahama in the 2016 presidential elections.

Mr. Portuphy, Prof. Naana Opoku Agyeman (Education Minister) and Mr. Allotey Jacobs, over to you… Are you there?