The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has said the exodus of supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) from the stands of the Cape Coast Stadium as President John Dramani Mahama delivered a speech at the party’s recently held campaign launch signifies that followers of the NDC are no more interested in deceit.
NPP’s acting General Secretary John Boadu, who addressed a press conference at the party’s headquarters in Accra on Wednesday August 17, said: “We saw vivid pictures of the delegates emptying the stadium in the middle of the president’s empty speech. It symbolises the fact that Ghanaians are no longer prepared to listen to the lies, propaganda and deceit of the empty promises.”
“Eight years of waiting in vain for the better Ghana that was promised has finally had a toll on the NDC members themselves”, Mr. Boadu added.
The NDC, as part of preparations for the December 2016 polls, officially launched its campaign on Sunday, August 14, at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium during which several party functionaries addressed supporters numbering about 40,000.
There was an exodus of supporters from the venue as the President crowned the event with his speech. Reports quickly emerged that the desertion of the stadium was a veiled protest against Mr. Mahama’s unconvincing governance and lack of attention to the welfare of party foot soldiers. Party officials subsequently explained that the supporters left the stadium because they had been called to start boarding their respective buses to be ferried home safely.