Flagbearer aspirant for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwabena Agyei Agyepong says, enticing electorates with items such as money or bags of rice should be nipped in the bud.
According to Mr. Agyepong, a former Press Secretary in the John Kuffour’s government and a former General Secretary of the party, politicians and leadership must make it a point to engage voters to desist from selling votes in exchange for these items.
“[Let’s] Talk to the electorates not for them to mortgage their future. Their future is not for sale” he reiterated during an interview on TV3’s Key Point programme.
To him, “It is not [about] how much money or the bags of rice that you will be able to deliver to polling station executives,” as has become the norm rather the message of hope and thought-through policies that will make Ghana, an endearing place for the citizens to long and work for.
Mr. Agyepong, a civil engineer, in the race to lead the NPP in the 2024 General Elections said, these acts by politicians have poisoned the basic structures of the political parties.
“We are virtually poisoning the political base and that’s what worries me” he lamented.
Meanwhile, the campaign theme “The New Dawn”, he said is bordered on 3S: “Service, Sacrifice and Selflessness”.
The campaign officially kicks off on January 16, 2023 in the Volta Region where he is expected to meet and deliberate with party executives from the polling stations through the constituencies to the regional levels.