- The General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) John Boadu has restored Hope in the party that the mistakes that greeted elections 2020 which resulted in the party losing a number of seats in Parliament to the National Democratic Congress (NDC), adding that the party has corrected their mistakes going into the 2024 elections.
“But I’m very proud of the NDC for winning more seats in the Parliamentary elections’ he said
Before the 2020 polls, the NPP confidently controlled 169 seats as against the 106 in the chunk of the NDC side.
The NPP woefully lost 37 seats in the last elections to now control 137 seats, the same number for the NDC and one candidate who is not on a ticket of any party.
In an interview during his campaign launch on Tuesday May 31, John Boadu indicated “It is true in 2020, yes we won the presidential but we lost great majority of our parliamentary seats. One thing that one must understand is that there are seats that are called borrowed seats. For instance, in 2016 we snatched 55 seats from the NDC. Out of these 55 seats 23 of them we lost the Presidential.
“We won Parliamentary and lost presidential. Going into 2020, I knew it, some of the constituencies we were going to lose anyway because we won the Parliamentary with closed to 33 per cent.
“In some cases, it is because the NDC parliamentary candudate or parliamentarians went independent against their own party so the votes split and we won. So some of these things, in doing the analysis, for some of us who have been working with these numbers, and we know why some of the seats are lost.
“The intransigent and strong position that sometimes our own members take, particularly matters arising out of our Parliamentary primaries. I think that is is important that we take note of that.
“In addition to losing some of the seats we also snatched 17 and these 17 are seats that we lost presidential in most cases. So if we don’t put some structures together your guess will be as good as mind.”
By Lawrence Odoom|statenewsghana.com
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