And so the fight for Ashanti votes continues between the two major contending parties…
The incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC) has shifted its target of Ashanti votes to a higher number. The party hopes to obtain 1.5 million votes from the Ashanti Region which has traditionally voted the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The NDC in recent times, have consistently talked about its plan to amass a million votes from the second largest region in the country. Since last year, the ruling party have been touting their achievements in the region, in a bid to secure more supporters ahead of the elections.
Now vowing to cut the size of the opposition’s vote significantly, the NDC has revised its one million vote target to 1.5 million. This was revealed by the party at its campaign launch in the regional capital, Kumasi. Ashanti region has been regarded as the NPP’s stronghold over the years.
In the last elections in 2012, NDC’s President Mahama obtained 612,616 Ashanti votes, representing 28.35% percent of total valid votes cast in the region. His opponent, Nana Akufo-Addo of the NPP garnered 1.531, 152 representing 70.86% of the votes cast.
But the NDC has decided to up its target of votes in the NPP’s stronghold. At the campaign launch, NDC big wigs took turns to tout the achievements of the party to the residents. According to Vice-President Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur, Mahama deserves another term considering the extent of work he has done in the region.
Counting the various successful projects, the Veep referred a market project in the Kumasi metropolis as the largest in Africa, adding he hadn’t seen a project of such magnitude anywhere else in Africa. The party also bemoaned the one factory one district promise by the NPP Flagbearer Nana Addo.
Ashanti Regional Minister, Alexander Ackon, who described the promise as unattainable, said that the NDC’s policy of providing for the specific needs of every district is the best approach to the situation.