NDC Communication Officer for Ladzuahe branch of the Party Mr. Cosmos Okumo has indicated that, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will only win if the party votes Mr. Alban Bagbin as the Presidential Candidate for 2020.
Mr Okumo, who is also a leading fisherman in Tema said, although there were other candidates working for the leadership of the Party, but Mr Bagbin’s political records was influential enough to place the party at the highest political point.
Speaking at a News conference held at the Canoe Beach in Tema, Mr Okumo said the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government had so far not convinced them that it could make the fuel available at all times for their expeditions.
Another prominent fisherman at the News conference, Issaka Lantei stated that, the generality of fishermen felt that among all the personalities named in connection with the NDC’s flagbearership for 2020, only Mr Bagbin looked capable of winning and surest of all to lead the party to victory.
He said, former President John Dramani Mahama, was still admired by the fishermen because of the good things that his administration did for them, such as; lowering the prices of fishing gear and making premix fuel readily available. “However, because of the allegations of corruption against him, electing him as flag bearer will be risky for the NDC in 2020 as the current government will use all those corruption allegations against him to drive voters away.”
Mr Okumo revealed that, under the current government, outboard motors had become too expensive to buy, while fishing gears like hooks, nets and canoes had become impossible to acquire, which was totally opposite to what pertained under the late President Mills and later, President John Mahama.
“To make matters worse, fishermen are being harassed day and night by government taskforces at sea,” he stressed.
Mr Okumo said, the generality of fishermen had lost faith in the NPP government and were longing for the return of the NDC, but the fishing community wants Mr Bagbin to lead the NDC because he was the surest bet to lead the NDC to power and bring back its pro-fishing policies.
“No Bagbin, no vote – this is what we fishermen are saying to the NDC. We mean it and we will not change our minds,” Mr. Okumo said
He further stated that, Mr. Bagbin was liked by the fishing community because he was known to have used his long stay in Parliament to initiate and back laws that benefited fishermen.
And that they will only vote when Mr. Bagbin is made the Presidential Candidate for NDC. The News conference was attended by fishermen and fishmongers across the country.
By: Rita Gyenkekel/pinkfmonlinegh.com