Popular actor cum politician, John Dumelo, has debunked claims that the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency, in the Greater Accra Region, is a surety of the New Patriotic Party.
According to the actor who has picked forms to contest the National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary primary in the constituency, his party has not been able to get the nod of the constituents because of “one or two things” which have gone wrong.
He explained that the party’s performance in previous parliamentary elections in the constituency proved that the seat was for the NDC.
From 2004 to 2012, we came close to winning the Ayawaso Wesst Wuogon seat. If you look at constituencies like Bantama and Dome-Kwabenya, we were never close to winning it. In 2012, we lost Ayawaso West by about 1,600 and that should tell you that the seat is for the NDC but because of one or two issues, we were not able to win that seat
John Dumelo further intimated that it was time the party reclaimed the constituency.
He says that it was for that reason that he decided to heed to the call of the youth to contest for the seat.
John Dumelo also mentioned that he does not believe that it will be a herculean task to win back the constituency, which he says that that it is ‘predominately NDC”
“It is not difficult for us to win the Ayawaso West seat. We lost this seat because of some issues and we have addressed those issues. The constituency is predominately NDC and so with determination, unity and proper message, we will win the seat,” he said
NDC’s performance at the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency
The only time the NDC secured the Ayawaso West Wuogon seat was in the 1992 and 1996 elections. The seat has eluded them since the 2000 election.
The latest parliamentary election held in the constituency was the January 2019 by-election which was necessitated by the demise of Hon. Kyeremateng Agyarko, Member of Parliament for the area.
In that election what was marred by violence and recorded a relatively low voter turnout, NPP candidate, Lydia Alhassan, garnered 68.80% of the total votes, according to figures from the Electoral Commission (EC).
Her closest contestant, Delali Brempong of the NDC, who was not new in the parliamentary race in the constituency, secured 30.52% of the votes cast.