The Bono East Regional Chairman of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Sumaila Ibrahim has blamed the then Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Madam Charlotte Osei for the party’s poor performance in the round-up to the 2016 general elections after the party managing to get 106,092 votes representing 0.99% of the total votes cast.
In the 2016 elections, Dr. Nduom had to resort to the courts to get his name on the ballot paper after he was disqualified by the Electoral Commission.
“KB, if you really followed the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) in 2016, you would have known and seen that there was the enthusiasm and passion to get power from the NPP and the NDC. The percentage we got could have even been more if not for the initial disqualification of our flagbearer.”
Sumaila Ibrahim revealed this in an interview with Kwame Boakye, the host of Oman Nkomo, on Radio Link, a Techiman-based radio station.
Recollecting the manner in which their flagbearer was eliminated from the political race, the Bono East Regional Chairman counted the party’s losses as he narrated how the situation jeopardized their campaign.
“Truly, it broke our campaign. Four years of organizing emotions, hard work and huge investments of our hard-earned Ghanaian money from party faithful gone. Campaign contributions and pledges disappeared. I won’t be an ostros and bury my head in the sand, I’ll tell you the truth. I couldn’t close my eyes for three days not to talk of sleeping.”
According to him, the Progressive People’s Party was mocked by opponents while some individuals asked their parliamentary candidates to step down as they didn’t have a Flagbearer to match up with.
“The opponents immediately went to the field and told our parliamentary candidates to give up. They told our supporters that our party was no longer in the race. We put on a brave face but we knew we had been dealt a fatal blow. They asked; how can you have a living body without a head? he stated.
STORY BY: ANING-AMANKWA FELIX/RADIOLINKNEWS/TECHIMAN