The Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency seems set to switch from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) following the passing into glory of its late Member of Parliament (MP) who was buried last Saturday.
Early indications are that the candidate for the opposition NDC is poised to win the seat for two key reasons. First, he has contested for the same seat before. Secondly, voter reservations about the controversies surrounding the ruling NPP’s candidate and her claim of being the widow of the late MP when funeral details show someone else.
The fortunes of the governing party suffocated further when the former President John Mahama showed up in the constituency on Sunday and campaigned for the NDC’s Delali Kwasi Brempong.
If the bank which holds government’s cash is not broke yet it may soon be as their candidate is proving rather costly to sell.
Economic life in the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency has been a dire for many. Being able to make ends meet has been difficult for the electorate until now when the flood gates of Jubilee House campaign money have been pried open to buy their votes.
For many the death of their late MP has yielded mixed feelings. Even though the late MP was someone they would have wished had lived, his death has resulted in major positive changes to their areas which include overnight asphalting of their roads, fixing of electricity, water and the rolling out of raw cash to the voters.
Some of the voters have declared to ghananewsonline.com.gh that they would collect as much cash as possible, but would not be bought by it as they are not convinced by the NPP’s candidate.
A resident in Abelenkpe who had just benefitted from a ₵1000.00 quibbled to our reporter that “if this (benefits) is what by-elections can bring then may more MPs die for us to make more money”.
This is understandable because, in an attempt to win the electorates and their support the government has become so responsive to the needs of the constituents. It would be interesting to see how the voters respond.