Former President John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has emphasized the significance of the Assin North by-election as a test of the government’s performance. During a meeting with the chiefs and people of Danyame in the Assin North Constituency, Mahama urged NDC members to support James Gyakye Quayson as their parliamentary candidate and ensure victory in the upcoming by-election on June 27, 2023. Mahama viewed the election as a referendum on the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) performance and drew attention to the perceived disparity between the freedom enjoyed by certain individuals and the possible arrest of Quayson.
Mahama expressed optimism in the NDC’s chances of returning to power in January 2025 and highlighted Quayson’s dedication to the development of the area. He dismissed claims that Quayson could face imprisonment if elected as the Member of Parliament for Assin North, contrasting it with the apparent impunity of Nana Appiah Mensah, CEO of the defunct Menzgold. In his campaign at the Saviour Church in Assin Bereku, Mahama urged constituents to reject the belief that Quayson would be incarcerated and called for their support in the upcoming by-election.
During his visit to the constituency, Mahama suspended his campaign temporarily to pay respects to the family of an NDC supporter who lost her life in an unfortunate accident in Danyame. The accident occurred while party faithful were returning from a campaign event, reportedly due to a burst front tire. Despite the somber moment, Mahama’s commitment to the by-election remained resolute, underscoring the importance of a win for Quayson as a means to address the hardships faced by the constituents and to counter the perceived misgovernance of the ruling NPP.
As the Assin North by-election approaches, John Dramani Mahama of the NDC continues to rally support for James Gyakye Quayson, highlighting the election as a litmus test for the government’s performance. Mahama’s optimism and call for the people to retain Quayson reflect his party’s determination to regain power in the future. While facing a tragic incident during the campaign, Mahama maintained his focus on the upcoming election, emphasizing the need for a victory that would address the challenges faced by the constituents and provide a strong statement against the ruling party. The outcome of the by-election on June 27 will undoubtedly shape the political landscape and set the tone for the NDC’s aspirations.