In a surprising turn of events, Abeiku Crentsil, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ekumfi, has accused President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of inadvertently campaigning for the National Democratic Congress (NDC). The accusation stems from the President's recent admission during a meeting with Ekumfi's traditional leaders at the Jubilee House.
President Akufo-Addo reportedly acknowledged neglecting development in Ekumfi due to the constituents' decision to vote out Francis Ato Cudjoe in the 2020 general elections. Cudjoe, whom the President had appointed Deputy Minister, lost his parliamentary seat, leading to the President's disappointment with the voting pattern.
During the meeting, President Akufo-Addo openly expressed his dissatisfaction with the electoral outcome but assured the traditional leaders that he would redirect attention to the constituency in the future.
In response to these revelations, MP Abeiku Crentsil, in an interview on Eyewitness News on Citi FM, argued that the President's comments inadvertently urged constituents to continue supporting the NDC. He contended that the acknowledgement of neglecting development could be perceived as an indirect endorsement for the opposition party.
Expressing scepticism about the NPP government's commitment to developing Ekumfi, regardless of the length of its tenure, Crentsil suggested that the President's words could inadvertently strengthen the NDC's position in the constituency.
As political discussions surrounding the President's remarks unfold, the impact on Ekumfi's political landscape and the potential consequences for the ruling NPP remain to be seen.
“To me, I can say that the president has more or less spoken for the people to keep on voting for the NDC. Because indeed, he knows that if the NPP is in power for whatever years, there is nothing they can offer the people of Ekumfi. He's finished our campaign for us,” he said.
The Ekumfi MP also said that the president's statement was unfortunate and that he was unhappy about it.
“It is a very unfortunate statement, a very, very unfortunate talk because this is my second term of being an MP for the people of Ekumfi. And indeed when you go to Ekumfi, whatever development is being done is by the NDC or NDC government by then. It is unfortunate that the NPP has been in power for the past eight years and they cannot point to one project they have done for the people of Ekumfi.”
“I think if the president is talking to the people of this country, I think he should say something comfortable. He shouldn't say things like that. I was unhappy when I heard it.”