"Chairperson of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) Samia Nkrumah has stated that the party is not surprised "
Chairperson of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) Samia Nkrumah has stated that the party is not surprised that the joint candidate they fielded with the PNC in the just ended Talensi by-election lost.
According to her, the lack of resources affected their campaign and ability to secure the seat for the two Nkrumahist parties.
“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.”
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 (NPP) 6,845 representing 27.94% of the total votes.
The PNC/CPP candidate Wombeoto Namailteng garnered 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.
Commenting on the outcome of the election Wednesday, Nkrumah noted in a Facebook message that the lack of strategy also contributed to their failure at the polls.
Below are details of the comments by the CPP chair
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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