Money rules CPP blames Talensi loss on lack of resources

Chairperson of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Samia Nkrumah has stated that the lack of resources affected the party’s campaign and ability to secure the Talensi seat.

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Samia Nkrumah, Former National Chairperson of CPP

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Chairperson of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Samia Nkrumah has stated that the lack of resources affected the party’s campaign and ability to secure the Talensi seat.

According to her, the party is not surprised that the joint candidate they fielded with the People’s National Convention (PNC) in the just ended Talensi by-election could not bring them victory.

“The results, commendable as they are, didn't give us the seat. They didn't come as a total surprise to us either. Our candidate was obviously short of the resources required to finish hard,” she said in a Facebook message on Wednesday.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate and former head of the Ghana Prisons Service, BT Baba won the elections with 10,366 representing 42.31% of the total votes cast as against Thomas Duanab's (New Patriotic Party) 6,845 representing 27.94% of the total votes.

The PNC/CPP candidate Wombeoto Namailteng had 6,836 representing 27.90% of the total votes cast followed by the PPP which had 214 votes representing 0.87%. The GFP polled 58 votes, NVP had 93, UPP managed 49 while the IPP polled a paltry 38.

Below are details of the comments by Samia Nkrumah

Many, many thanks to all those who've encouraged our efforts and that of our excellent candidate, Dr. Michael Wombeago. It was a pleasure to work with him and the team these last few days. The results, commendable as they are, didn't give us the seat. They didn't come as a total surprise to us either.

Our candidate was obviously short of the resources required to finish hard. We tried our best within the circumstances but neither the CPP nor the PNC had the resources that would have given us a victory in today's political terrain. Secondly, over the last few days leading up to voting day, and perhaps due to a lapse in strategy, we were separated from the candidate.

We campaigned separately so can conclude that the impact of a united CPP-PNC might have been diluted and lost on voters. We need to address these two issues seriously. If our inability to deliver this time could be traced to resources and strategy then I'm not worried because we can rectify that.

The popularity and goodwill are real and we only have to build on them by holding on to the competent hardworking fighters. I'm encouraged by the calibre of people we have whether as candidates or executives and here I wish to commend the CPP Talensi Chairman and team. I know that once we address the above mentioned issues nothing can stop us from winning. Dear Comrades, there's victory for us. Forward Ever!

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