BY KOJO ANSAH, E/R
Mr Bismark Tawiah Boateng, E/R NDC Chairman
THE EASTERN Regional Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Bismark Tawiah Boateng, has declared his intension to seek re-election.
The controversial chairman came under attack by some party supporters after the 2016 election defeat of the party, accusing him of embezzling campaign funds, an allegation Mr Boateng flatly denied.
The disgruntled supporters vowed to vote against him should he dare to seek re-election.
There were rumours that the Regional Chairman would not seek renewal of the mandate to chair the party in the region due to the agitation but in an exclusive interview with the DAILY HERITAGE, Mr Boateng stated emphatically that he was ready to contest the regional chairmanship position for a second term.
He said “enough lessons have been learnt from the party’s defeat in 2016. Therefore if I am re-elected, I will tighten transparency and accountability by ensuring that the grass roots, who are the engine of the party, are well supported to function effectively.
Mr Boateng says he is optimistic the NDC would recapture power in 2020 due to the display of incompetence and corruption by the administration of President Akufo-Addo-led New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.
He added that the mismanagement of the economy by the NPP government had crippled development and unleashed hardship on Ghanaians.
Mr Boateng opined that the NPP came into power through deceitful campaign promises which the government is struggling to fulfil.
It would be recalled that in the run-up to the 2016 general election, the Eastern Regional Secretariat of the NDC set a target dubbed “Agenda 50/50 aimed at securing 50% of the total vote cast in the region in 2016 presidential election but the target was woefully missed.
The then NPP Presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, had a vote margin of 678,482 (62.38%) in the region while former President Mahama polled 397,549(36.55%).