This is a straight forward piece detailing rawgist.com’s findings on why the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) is losing its portion of the clout it has in the Ashanti region.
Here are some of the findings:
This is as obvious as it reads. Since the removal of the last Deputy Ashanti regional Minister; Joseph Yammin, about 7 months ago, there has been no replacement, a situation that has led the substantive Minister to double in that capacity as well.
Many who feel qualified for the role also braced themselves for the position and are demoralized after all their lobbying resulted in nothing.
2. The Regional Minister is over tasked with acting roles
The Ashanti regional minister; Peter Anarfi Mensah currently acts as Deputy Ashanti regional Minister. As if that was not enough, he is tasked with acting as Chief Executive of Ejisu, Offinso South, and Agogo Assemblies.
This is a situation many educated members and affiliates of the party consider an insult to their capacities to lead or hold positions in the region as far as governance is concerned.
It also causes so much divided attention as far as the regional minister is concerned; such that none of the roles are played to satisfaction whiles attention is also taking off the party and its activities.
3. Ministers do not stay on long enough to implement any long term plan.
Since 2013, there has been no Minister or Deputy who has stayed more than two years; a situation that makes it difficult to have a long term plan for the governance and party issues including election strategies.
4. The regional minister contending an incumbent NDC parliamentarian for a seat that is a known NPP seat
Folks of the Ahafo Ano North constituency are largely unhappy with this development. The seat which has been a bonifide property of the NPP was wrestled through hardship by the incumbent MP; Akwasi Adusei at a time when many including the current regional minister found it unattractive to contest the seat. The NDC in that constituency as well as party bigwigs opposed to the regional minister’s ambition say the regional minister’s move is already dividing and weakening the party’s front. They believe it will affect their one million vote plus ten parliamentary seat target greatly.
5. Disgruntled party communicators
It is obvious from rawgist.com’s investigations that many of the people who speak in defence of the party on all forms of mass media are disgruntled. Serial callers accuse the party of neglecting them and not making available to them any resource they need to serve the party in that capacity. Some reveal that some of their colleagues have already given up on the party.