Ghanaian election 2020: Akufo-Addo Storms NDC World Bank as Mahama Invades Swing Western Region
The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will on Tuesday, 20th October 2020, storm the Volta Region which is the world bank of the largest Opposition NDC.
The President’s itinerary for the day’s visit features the commissioning of Naval Training Command at Agorta-Nutekpor in the South Tongu District, hold durbar to thank the Chiefs and people of Afife Traditional Area for installing the President as a chief- Dzigbordi Fiaga I at Afife RC Park.
The President will Commission Ketu North Municipal Hospital at Weta, hold a meeting with Dzodze and Penyi Chiefs at Dzodze-Penyi SHS.
He will proceed to address a rally at Dzodze Dzesime later in the day to end the visit before departure to Accra.
Meanwhile, the Presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama, is beginning a five-day campaign tour of the Western Region today, Monday, October 19, 2020.
The Western regional tour will see Mr. Mahama address chiefs and people in several constituencies as well as interact with cocoa farmers, small scale miners, fishermen, fishmongers, traders, transporters, market women, Zongo groups, teachers, and other professional groups.
Mr. Mahama’s speeches will focus on job creation, his plan to roll out Free Primary Healthcare up to the level of district hospitals as well as plans in the NDC’s manifesto to provide opportunities and employable skills for the youth through state-sponsored National Apprenticeship Programme and Free Technical and Vocational Education and Training (T-VET), the campaign team said in a statement.
Mr. Mahama will end his tour of the Western Region on Friday.
Western Region is largely a swing region in Ghana’s electoral history. In 1996, the NDC won in both the Presidential and Parliamentary elections. In 2000 however, it swung in favor of the NPP and they won by 62.5%. In 2004, the Western region kept faith with the NPP by giving them 57.7% in the Presidential election and a majority of 12 seats in Parliament. In 2008 however, the NDC won with 51.9% and majority seats of 11.
The trend continued in 2012 with the NDC again winning with 54.4% and went ahead to win 18 out of 25 parliamentary seats.
In 2016 however, the swing region swung in favor of the NPP by giving them 16 parliamentary seats out of 26 and 52.4% of presidential results.