Friday, 22 September

C/R: Scores of NDC supporters, residents of Assin North keep vigil in solidarity with James Gyakye Quayson

Nii Lante Vanderpuije, MP addressing the gahtering during the vigil

Scores of the residents and supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at Assin North in the Central Region on Saturday, 28th May 2023, thronged Assin Bereku to keep vigil in solidarity with James Gyakye Quayson, the embattled Member of Parliament (MP) for the area.

The residents, mostly draped in red and black attire with red armbands and holding lit candles, marched on peacefully through the principal streets of Assin Bereku and chanted war songs to register their displeasure.

The March, organised by the NDC, drew party gurus such as Mr Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, the MP for Odododiodio Constituency, the MP for New Edubiase Constituency, Mr Abdul Sallam Adams, the Central Regional Chairman of the NDC, Prof. Richard Kofi Asiedu and some old ladies to the Constituency office.

The crowd stretched about half a kilometre through the streets of the town.

Addressing the multitudes gathered, Mr Edwin Vanderpuye described the decision by the Supreme Court ordering Parliament to expunge James Gyakye Quayson's name from its records as nothing but politically motivated and a way of denying the people representation.

"This is a travesty of justice and an affront to Ghana's growing democracy," he said.

He, therefore, urged the people not to let down their guards but vote massively for the NDC to reflect their anger about the unfair treatment unleashed on them by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government, which he alleged is hiding behind the Supreme Court. 

For his part, the Central Regional Chairman of the NDC, Prof Richard Asiedu hinted that the NPP is stashing money that will be used to persuade the constituents to vote for them.

He cited the Kumawu by-election in the Ashanti Region as an example.

He, therefore, entreated the people to collect whatever money and items the NPP will distribute and yet vote against them.

He reiterated that the NDC will employ wisdom and rigorous strategies to maximise their fortunes in Assin North if there would be a possible by-election. 

Meanwhile, the residents expressed disappointment in the NPP and the Supreme Court for plunging the Constituency into an orphan status by removing James Gyakye Quayson as MP for the area.

They contend the court issues have stifled developments in the Constituency for the past three years as all projects championed by Mr James Quayson have been stalled.

They, however, pledged to vote for any candidate the NDC will present just to shame the NPP and the government.

Source: Mensah