Former President John Dramani Mahama has stated that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) party will remain indebted to the people of the Volta Region for their overwhelming support in the 2020 elections.
He said although the party lost one of the seats in the region to the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the votes of the NDC appreciated by 113,000, an indication of the love the people had for the party.
Mr Mahama, who is on a “thank you” tour of the region with the leadership of the party, expressed the party’s appreciation to the people when he paid a courtesy call on the Paramount Chief of the Asogli State, Togbe Afede XIV.
He said despite the intimidation during the registration, the closure of the borders, the Western Togoland issues and the invasion by soldiers, the NDC still had an appreciable vote of 113,000 ballots, with 17 out of the 18 constituencies in the region.
The NDC, he said, lost the seat because of the machinations of the government to prevent the people of Santrokofi, Akpafu, Lolobi and Likpe (SALL) from participating in the parliamentary election.
Mr Mahama said the NDC got the highest percentage of votes in the Volta Region compared to other regions in the country and indicated that the party did not take that for granted.
He said there had been false statements that the Volta Region did not see any development under the NDC government, describing it as a “palpable falsehood” and indicated that every major project in the region was undertaken by the NDC, including water, schools, universities, roads, electricity, hospitals, among others.
“When we came into office, the Volta Region did not have any public university. Any child that wanted to go to the university had to leave the Volta Region to Cape Coast or to Kumasi or Legon. And Professor Mills of blessed memory said no, every region must have a university. Today thank God, we have the University of Health and Allied Sciences and Ho Technical University,” he added.
Mr Mahama, however, lamented that everything his government started and could not complete including the Eastern corridor road, the seven new Community Day Senior High Schools that were under construction, and the Sokode-Ho dual carriage had come to a standstill.
He challenged the NPP to show evidence of the work they had done by listing the said projects.
The region, he promised, would have its fair share of the national cake if the NDC came back to power.
Mr Mahama said a lot of things went wrong including the printing of excess ballot papers, people stuffing ballot boxes, among others, during the 2020 polls but because the NDC wanted peace in the country it decided to move on. “Togbe, we went along because we wanted the peace of the country,” he added.
He gave an assurance that the NDC would do everything possible in 2024 to ensure that the election was transparent, fair and clean. “We will not want to cheat anybody, we will not make an attempt to cheat anybody, but we will also make sure that nobody cheats us,” he said.
Do or die
He explained that when he said the election was going to be a ‘do or die’ affair, he meant that the NDC would ensure that the right things were done to make the polls transparent.
Togbe Afede said he was still concerned about the closure of the border and the number of abandoned projects in the country and noted that it was time for politicians to focus on development instead of politics.
According to him, joblessness among the youth, the country’s growing indebtedness and high levels of corruption were threats to the future survival of the nation, peace and security.
Togbe Afede noted that the COVID-19 pandemic had betrayed the vulnerability of Ghana and all countries in Africa.
“We have done enough politics over the years; it was time that the focus be shifted to our developmental needs. As it has been acknowledged by others in the past, survival is not the same as prosperity, so the fact that our country continues to hold and survive as one country does not suggest that we are that prosperous”.
The country, he said, had the resources to turn things around and therefore called on all to support the development of the people.