Savannah Regional Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Alhaji Iddrisu Sulemana, alias Professor Kalamonia, says the party’s determination to break the ‘8’ year governance cycle is doable if members remain united.
He said NPP deserves to stay in power beyond 2024 to consolidate the gains of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s administration.
He was addressing the party’s maiden Savannah Regional Delegates Conference in the North Gonja district capital, Daboya, where he said, “Let us leave here as a more formidable and united party poised to break the ‘8’ year cycle.”
He insisted that the NPP’s 2024 victory will depend on the actions of constituency and regional executives, hence the need for the leadership to strive for unity.
He believes party leaders’ performance at all levels positioned the Savannah Region as the pivot of the NPP’s 2020 election victory.
“In the 2012 Presidential election, the NPP had 54, 425 votes out of a total of 99,413 valid votes cast. This represented 34% of the total votes cast.
Then, in the 2016 Presidential election, the NPP had 55,485 votes out of a total of 166,303 valid votes cast in the area and this represented 33% of the total votes cast.
In the Parliamentary elections in 2012, NPP had Zero seat out of the seven parliamentary seats in the area. Then, in the 2016 Parliamentary elections, the party managed to win only one Parliamentary seat, that was the Salaga South constituency.”
“Upon assumption of office as Regional Executives, my colleagues and I, together with our Constituency Executives and a few government appointees, worked very hard to change the narrative in a region that is considered as the NDC’s stronghold and the home region of former President John Dramani Mahama.
“The result of our hard work was that our party garnered 80,605 votes out of a total of 229,085, representing 35.19% of the total votes cast. As if that was not enough, we also increased our parliamentary seats from one to three.”
Creation of new region
Alhaji Iddrisu Sulemana extolled President Nana Addo for his visionary leadership that led to the Savannah Region’s creation.
“As we all know, the Savannah Region was created in 2019 by our visionary and caring President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo. This was followed by the election of my colleagues and me on June 21, 2019, as the Regional Executives of our great party.”
“It is therefore an undeniable fact that our region is the only region that went beyond the expectations of many in our party. We worked against all odds to achieve our current feat.”
He emphasized that, “We could not have achieved all these without the tactical advice of our Council of Elders. We could not have made it without our gallant polling station executives, Electoral Area Coordinators, Constituency and Regional Executives.”
“Without the unprecedented logistical support from the national party, we would not have made it. The huge support, of course the first of its kind too, from our few appointees cannot be left out.”
“The party’s grassroots that resisted the tyranny and violence of the NDC in the region contributed largely contributed to our current success and status as a region, he added.
“It clearly stands to reason, therefore, that the victory was a result of the unity of purpose. The battle was won through unity of purpose and, therefore, can only be sustained or consolidated through the same. We should not see ourselves as enemies, but rather see ourselves as one; a divided home, as it is said, does not progress. We must be ready to work together as a body and not as individual parts of the body.”
Alhaji Iddrisu Sulemana expressed concern about the challenges of the region especially youth unemployment and the security threat it poses.
“The Savannah Region is inundated with several issues at the grassroots. For instance, youth unemployment is a major headache for us. Jobs for the party youth will help in consolidating the gains we aspire for.”
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