Politics of Wednesday, 7 September 2016
Even though the Central Region is a swing state, the odds favour President John Dramani Mahama, National Organiser of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Kofi Adams, has said.
“Central Region being a swing region is not based on anything but the reality, development, and performance. Central Region does not go for inexperienced hands. … They do not vote for just anyone because they want to swing, but they swing for good [reason],” he stressed.
He told Prince Minkah on Class FM’s Executive Breakfast Show on Wednesday September 7 that “President Mahama’s signature is seen everywhere” in the region.
Mr Adams’ words mirror President Mahama’s confidence that he will win the region in the December 7 elections when he appeared on Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana programme on Tuesday September 6.
Show host Paul Adom-Otchere had explained that according to the trend in the region, the NDC won in 1992 and 1996 while the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) claimed it in the 2000 and 2004 polls.
The NDC again swept the votes in the region in the 2008 and 2012 elections, an indication that the region will switch its support to the NPP if history were anything to go by.
But President Mahama said his assessment was that the people of the region voted twice for the same presidential candidate rather than the party on which that candidate ran, for which reason another victory for the NDC from that part of Ghana was likely.
In his view, having stood for president only once, after succeeding late President John Atta Mills, he was sure the people of the region would massively vote for him a second time.