Asawase risks voting ‘skirt and blouse’ – Disgruntled NDC members

Some disgruntled members of the opposition NDC in the Asawase Constituency have vowed to vote ‘skirt and blouse’ in 2020 general elections.

They will change their only if national executives rescind their decision on Masawudu Mubarak’s disqualification.

The party members are discontented about the party’s functional executive committee’s decision to disqualify their preferred candidate to contest the parliamentary primaries.

The decision, they believe, does not reflect the interest of delegates in the constituency.

“The decision is disappointing and disgraceful,” says one of the disgruntled members, Akolgo Martin told Joy News’ Mohammed Nurudeen.

Mr Martin is among many others who claim delegates of the party in the constituency are angry because they have been taken for granted for far too long.

They are threatening to vote against any candidate who will represent the party in the 2020 general elections.

Clad in red bands with frustration clearly written on their faces, they vow to boycott 2020 elections if their preferred candidate isn’t given the go-ahead to contest.

Gathered at the residence of the disqualified aspirant, Masawudu Mubarak to throw their continuous support behind him, Mr Martin said, “If our decision affects the party in 2020 they (national executives) brought it, especially Asiedu Nketiah.”

“They keep on imposing candidates on us,” Martin alleged.

“‘You cannot go unopposed like that. Let the people choose you,” Mariam Nuhu, one of the women’s branches organisers said.

She said they would either boycott the 2020 elections or choose to vote skirt and blouse.

For them, it will only be prudent for the party hierarchy to change its decision and allow their candidate to contest.

The incumbent Asawase MP, Muntaka Mubarak will contest 2020 parliamentary elections on the ticket of the opposition NDC unopposed.

This follows the acceptance of a report by the Doe Adjaho Committee which was constituted look into petitions surrounding the selection of parliamentary candidates.

The NDC held parliamentary primaries nationwide but the elections were put on hold in five constituencies including Asawase.

Elections were later held in four of the constituencies leaving Asawase where some NDC members had filed a petition to the National Executive Council of the party.

This follows their inability to file the nomination form of Masawudu Mubarick, the aspirant who is challenging the incumbent.

In a statement copied to Joy News, the party’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia said the issues have been settled and Mr Mubarak will now go unopposed.

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