The Ashanti Regional Executives of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC)are currently licking their wounds after failing woefully to attain their much talked about One Million Votes Agenda.
The regional branch of the NDC has been badly bruised following its failure to achieve their audacious target of securing thirty percent of total vote cast in the region.
Not only did the party fail to achieve its target, its performance in the December 7 elections fell far below the previous 28.5% in the previous elections.
The ruling party in early 2014 launched ‘Operation One Million Votes’ in Ashanti, seeking to bolster the over 600,000 votes attained in the 2012 elections and winning additional six seats to the existing four.
Even though their main opponents, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) led by its Chairman, Mr. Bernard Antwi Boasiako aka had consistently called their bluff and described the target as laughable, the ruling party stuck to its guns and ‘stubbornly’ revised the figure upward to 1.5million votes.
But it appears the executives of the ruling party were only tickling themselves and laughing as their performance in last Wednesday’s polls was nothing short of embarrassment.
Even before the Electoral Commission releases the official figures, The Chronicle can authoritatively state that the NDC may attain less than 40% of its own 1.5million target.
The party has additionally seen its share of the parliamentary seats reduced from four to three; having lost both New Edubiase and Ahafo Ano North seats to the NPP.
It however managed to win back the Ejura Sekyedumase seat and narrowly maintained the Asawase and Sekyere Afram Plains seats.
But information available to Peacefmonline.com indicates that the defeated NPP Candidate for Asawase, Alhaji Alidu Seidu, is considering going to court to challenge the results which he alleged were manipulated.
What is however clear that is the ruling party met its match in the person of the NPP regional chairman, Mr. Bernard Antwi Boasiako aka Chairman Wontumi, whose hard work and resilience thwarted their efforts.
Source: Chris Joe Quaicoe/ email: firstname.lastname@example.org