Wontumi, Yamin Clash Over Control Of Ashanti Region

Barely three months to the general elections, the rivalry between the governing National Democratic Congress (NPP) and the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has been revived with each of the parties strategizing to take hold of the Ashanti Region.

While the NPP is seeking to win all the 47 parliamentary seats in the former Garden City, the NDC is looking forward to win back the Ejura seat it lose to the NPP.

That aside, the NDC is also seeking to win ten additional seats in the region.

The NDC currently has four seats in the Ashanti Region while the NPP is occupying 43 seats in the region. The constituencies are Ahafo Ano North, New Edubiase, Asawase and Sekyere Afram Plains.

As the elections draw loser, the two leading political parties in the country have intensified their activities in anticipation to win the mandate of the people.

Representatives of the two parties are therefore leaving no stone unturned to achieve their objective.

The 2016 presidential candidate of the NPP, Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo is currently on a campaign tour to the region to amass more votes for himself and the elephant family. He ends the campaign tour on Tuesday, September 7, 2016.

But Kasapafmonline.com is reliably informed that the opposition leader on Monday, September 5, 2016 met party stalwarts in the region at Georgia Hotel to review their strategies of annexing the other four parliamentary seats from the NDC in the coming elections.

The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NPP, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, aka Chairman Wontumi, interacting with Accra-based Okay FM confirmed the meeting and noted that the party is seeking to garner 90% votes in the region, believing that will propel them to victory in the 2016 polls.

“We are looking forward to win 90% votes in Ashanti Region. We are also going to win all the 47 parliamentary seats in the region. The NDC can’t stop us in this 2016 polls. We are poised to take power from them”, he noted.

But the deputy National Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Joseph Yamin who also spoke on the same network said the projections by the NPP lack merit and above all are baseless because the party has lost touch with the people in the region.

He posited that the NDC which is seriously doing grassroots campaign will prevail in the upcoming elections much to the disappointment of the opposition Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition.

He is optimistic that the Akamansonians will increase its presidential votes in the region to one million, believing that will be enough to retain the party in power.

That aside, the NDC is also seeking to win back the Ejura parliamentary seat from the NPP as well as ten additional seats in the region.

“We are winning the Ejura seat from the NPP. We have mounted a serious campaign that will win us the seat. We are also winning ten additional seats from the NPP. We want to increase our base, they have no clue. I will only tell Ghanaians how we did it after the elections”, Mr. Yamin noted.