The National Democratic Congress (NDC) hopes to win 20 of the Central Region’s 23 parliamentary seats.
According to Professor Richard Asiedu, the NDC’s Central Regional Chairman, the party has set a goal to improve its presidential vote share in the region from 45.9% in 2020 to over 60% in 2024.
Prof. Asiedu declared that Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson’s appointment as Minority Leader in Parliament would transform the fortunes of the party in the area while addressing a press conference in Cape Coast on Monday to express his congratulations.
“With Dr Forson as the Minority Leader, the leadership of the Central Region NDC is confident of achieving its agenda of winning 20 out of the 23 parliamentary seats and over 60 percent presidential votes in the 2024 general election,” he said.
In the 2020 elections, the NDC received 45.9% of the presidential votes and gained 13 of the 23 parliamentary seats in the area.
According to Prof. Asiedu, the party has set a goal to boost its legislative and presidential vote totals from 13 to 20 and 45.9 to 60 percent, respectively.
Prof. Asiedu congratulated Dr. Forson on being chosen to lead the Minority Caucus in Parliament on behalf of the NDC leadership and the whole Central Region membership.
“You have exhibited your competence when given the opportunity as the ranking member of the Finance Committee. Having successfully carried yourself by hard work and pursuing your parliamentary duties with perseverance and purpose, we have no doubt in our minds that you will live up to expectations,” he stated.
“We also want to seize this opportunity to congratulate Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, and Governs Kwame Agbodza, for their appointment as Deputy Minority Leader and Minority Chief Whip respectively. We warmly congratulate Ahmed Ibrahim and Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe- Ghansah for their reappointment as the First and Second Deputy Chief Whips,”
Prof. Asiedu thanked the party’s national leadership for appointing Dr. Forson, a celebrated Central Region native, to the position of minority leader, stating that it was well-deserved.
He urged the members of the Minority Caucus in Parliament to back Dr. Forson’s leadership and place their trust in it, saying “we must all understand that leadership evolves. Leaders will come and go but the Caucus must not be divided. Let us all give the maximum support and rally around the new leaders to deliver as we did for our previous leaders,” he stated.
The Central Region’s longest-serving MP for the NDC is Dr. Forson. He was elected to represent the residents of the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiem Constituency on January 7, 2009, and he has remained their MP ever since.