August 13, 2010

Some 250 members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Adansi Asokwa Constituency have reportedly defected to join the Opposition New Patriotic Party.

The Thursday August 12 edition the Daily Guide News Paper reported that the defectors have pledged support for the NPP Member of Parliament for the constituency, Hon K.T. Hammond.

At a durbar to announce their intentions last week, the Leader of the defectors, Mutala Mohammed, reportedly said the incompetence of the Mills administration, coupled with lack of policy direction for Ghana’s economic growth, were some of the factors that influenced their decision to abandon the ruling party.

Hon. K.T. Hammond who confirmed the reports to Citi News said most of the youth left the NDC because they are disappointed at the deceit that was told them by the party.

”The youth are so disenchanted with the NDC for all the lies. It didn’t surprise me because the NDC party depends on lies and deceit.

”Some of them were in the NPP and they were lied to by the NDC so they decided to come back. I have never wished the NDC well and so if they are going to collapse because of this, then I think it is a manifestation of what is going on everywhere” he said.

He disclosed that there have been attempts by executives of the NDC to convince the defectors to rescind their decision, but they have remained adamant.

But the Ashanti Regional Secretary of the NDC Joseph Yamin has told Citi News the reports are untrue.

According to him, the defectors in question are not known members of the party and that Hon. KT Hammond only wants to score cheap political points.