Richard Ahiagbah, the director of communications for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), has claimed that the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC)’s lies and misinformation about the prosecution of James Gyakye Quayson, the area’s ousted Member of Parliament (MP), who was re-elected, are to blame for the NPP’s defeat in the Assin North by-election.
He claimed that by lying about the purpose behind the prosecution of Mr. Quayson, the NDC was able to turn Assin North voters against the NPP.
In a Wednesday interview with Citi FM, he argued that the NDC would not have been able to hold onto the seat in the fiercely contested by-election on June 27, 2023, if it weren’t for such lies that painted the NPP in a negative light.
“The NDC traveled to Assin North to ask for compassion with the message that James Gyakye Quayson is being persecuted by the NPP and not by the law. That is an inaccurate portrayal of the events, and this false narrative led to an uprising of the populace against the government.The NDC was running on a lot of lies, and they utilized those lies to play on people’s emotions, winning the election,” he emphasized.
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In the by-election, Mr. Ahiagbah had projected that Charles Opoku of the NPP would win by a wide margin. However, Mr. James Gyakye Quayson won with a larger margin than his 2020 performance in the polling place.
The opposition NDC’s victory in the hotly contested by-election, according to the NPP, adds to Ghana’s much-touted democratic credentials. The party promised its supporters that the NDC will soon lose their seat.
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