THE Brong Ahafo Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Opoku Atuahene, has given the assurance that the party will work hard to increase the 52 per cent votes it won in the region during the 2008 presidential run-off to 55 per cent in 2012.
Mr Atuahene, who was speaking to the Daily Graphic in Sunyani, also promised to increase the party’s parliamentary seats from nine to 14.
He stated that in order to achieve those objectives, the Regional Executive Committee (REC) of the NDC was developing a strategic plan involving the regional, constituency and branch level structures.
Mr Atuahene maintained that the party had resolved to present a formidable and united team for the 2012 election.
He said the women and the youth wings, as well as the Tertiary Education Network (TEIN) of the party in the region, were being strengthened to help achieve the set objectives from now till 2012.
He said TEIN was also being encouraged to develop programmes and activities to attract more intellectuals to the NDC, while the REC had also put in place various committees to handle all the programmes of the party in the region.
Mr Atuahene, who until his election as the substantive regional chairman was the regional vice chairman, worked tirelessly for the party to win political power during the 2008 general election.
He said the regional branch of the NDC had formed a reconciliation committee to resolve all conflicts within the party to ensure unity within the party.
Mr Atuahene said as part of the strategic plan to enhance the fortunes of the party in the region, the Regional Executive Committee had instituted incentive schemes to motivate the foot soldiers who toiled to bring the party to power.
“The mistakes of the previous government with regard to foot soldiers are a lesson for the NDC and therefore the party would not renege in that area,” he stressed.
Mr Atuahene stated that the foot soldiers of the party would be motivated enough to attract more people to join the NDC.
He stated further that the constituencies and branches of the party in the region in collaboration with the REC were developing their action plans to attract more people to the party.
Mr Atuahene said the REC was also co-ordinating and supervising the membership drive of the party in the region at all levels while a programme had been put in place to explain government policies and programmes to the people of the region in particular and Ghana as a whole.
He disclosed that the REC was also collaborating with the government appointees in the region to deliver on the party’s promise for a better Ghana.
To that end, Mr Atuahene said the promises of the party during the 2008 campaign would be fulfilled, adding that party members in the region had drawn up a programme to help the government to improve the living conditions of the ordinary people in the country.
Mr Atuahene said there was cordial relationship between the party and government appointees in the region, stressing that every quarter, a family meeting was held by all stakeholders.
He, therefore, called on party members to intensify their campaigns to explain government policies and programmes to the people to ensure a resounding victory for the party in the 2012 general election.