Mr Frank Somiah Andoh, a former Director of Elections at the Evalue-Ajomoro-Gwira has expressed disappointment at the campaign message carried out by Former President John Dramani Mahama in his Western Region campaign tour.
He said his campaign message lacked the kind of focus that delegates were looking for, as the former President failed to give them new messages that could help to unseat President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in the 2020 general election.
“His message lacked the reassuring ingredients during his stopovers in various constituencies, which has left many of the delegates disappointed and disarmed of the fervour that is needed for the 2020 election,” he added.
Mr Andoh who made this in a statement copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Thursday said most delegates at Ellembelle, Tarkwa and Prestea Huni Valley constituencies shared the same sentiments with him, when he interacted with them.
“Delegates were full of expectation for comforting reassurance that the neglect they suffered under him from 2012 to 2016 will not be repeated if he is made flagbearer again and subsequently voted into power. However, all that the former President did was to ask the delegates to rally up in support of him,” Mr Somiah-Andoh said.
He said what was more worrying was the fact that the former President did not even make room for delegates to ask him questions.
“During his days in office as President, the NDC party, its Founder and grassroots were neglected leading to the massive apathy that led to our loss in the 2016 election by over 900,000 votes. Delegates therefore expected that the former President’s message will address these, but so far, they have not touched on these very important issues,”
Mr Andoh said it seemed to him that the former President was in hurry to just touch base in the constituencies and rush away as everything was hurriedly done without even providing refreshments for delegates in certain cases.
Mr Daniel Mawuli Agbesi, the Party’s Mpohor Constituency Communication Officer in the same statement expressed dissatisfaction at the way delegates were treated during the stopovers.
“Many of our brothers and sisters travelled from far places to the meeting grounds, but were left on their own without anything to even aid them by way of transportation back to where they came from”, Mr Agbesi added.
He called on the campaign team of the former President to step up their game in order to avoid the humiliating defeat the party experienced in the 2016 general election.
He also called on other aspirants to inspire the delegates with workable messages that would catapult the party back in power come 2020.
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