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We didn’t have enough time to market our candidate – NPP explains why it lost Assin North

Justin Frimpong Kodua
Justin Frimpong Kodua

The general secretary of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Justin Frimpong Kodua, is attributing the party’s defeat in the Assin North by-election to inadequate time to market its candidate, Charles Opoku to the constituents.

James Gyakye Quayson retained the seat for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) by polling 17,245 votes (57.56%) to beat his main rival, Opoku, who had 12,630 (42.15%) of the total votes cast.

The candidate of Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), Bernice Enyonam Sefenu won 87 votes, representing 0.29% of the total cast.

Time to re-strategise

Speaking on the Asaase Breakfast Show, Frimpong Kodua said the NPP will re-strategise and take back the seat in 2024.

“As a party, right after the Kumawu by-election, we didn’t have enough time, we had to go quickly for primaries to elect our candidate, and yet Charles Opoku was elected within the shortest possible time.

“So, it is true we couldn’t market him well, the time was short as against a candidate who had run election in 2020 [James Gyakye Quayson],” he said.

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