Irate NDC youth lock Tema West constituency office

They have vowed not to open the office

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The constituency office of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has been locked by some angry youth.

According to the youth, the move was triggered by the Vice Chairman and Director of Elections of the party, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo’s decision not to contest the Tema West seat as parliamentary candidate for the party again in the 2016 elections.

They have vowed not to open the office until Mr Ampofo rescinds his decision because he has been of great help to the constituency as a Member of Parliament.

“We will not be happy if this man does not run for the NDC. If he does not run, the party will lose miserably regardless of who represents us in 2016. We have vowed to campaign for him, he should just buy the forms and leave us to do the campaigning. We need a strong person to represent the party,” leader of the group, Eklu Nazar said on Asempa FM's on Tuesday.

Constituency chairman, Ben Djakumah however told show host, Kaba that constituency executives have spoken to the youth to open the office for work to resume.

He mentioned that majority of the irate youth have agreed to heed to the call but those with hardened hearts are reluctant in consenting to the plea.

Mr Ampofo in a statement issued on Monday said he will not contest again because his current position as a Vice Chairman and his appointment as Director of elections has added enormous responsibilities and a more challenging role in the development of the party.

“I deem it a national duty to manage the 2016 general elections to ensure that His Excellency, President John Dramani Mahama lead the NDC into another election victory. I therefore regret to announce that I cannot contest as parliamentary candidate for the party in next year's elections,” he said.

“I am convinced that the achievement of the NDC puts any party member who wins the impending primaries ahead of any other opponent in winning the seat,” the statement further said.

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