I can’t be held responsible for the party’s loss of seats in the 2020 general elections – John Boadu

John Boadu, the National Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has stated that he cannot be held responsible for the party’s loss of seats in the 2020 general elections.

He explained that the party suffered politically in most locations when the administration made key decisions to handle national challenges, actions that unwittingly damaged the livelihoods of some people.

Prior to the 2020 elections, the NPP comfortably controlled 169 seats, compared to the NDC’s 106.

After losing 37 seats in the last elections, the NPP now has 137 seats, the same as the NDC, plus one independent lawmaker.

“Sometimes, a major decision by government which in itself is to help the overall goal and benefits of the people, for example, the issue about President’s decision to clamp down on galamsey, the overall effect is clean environment for us, clean and all,” Mr Boadu said on the New Day show with Johnnie Hughes on Wednesday June 1, a day after his capign launch on Tuesday May 31. However, in all of the places where the task force enforced the instruction, we lost seats since the people’s livelihood has been taken away.

“If you take the coastal areas, you will realise that it has to do with premix fuel and issues surrounding it, so sometimes the more you even begin to offer the development depending on the instance benefits of the people, you may not even get the results but in the long run, for instance our decision to rationalize the banking sector led to a lot of people not losing their resources but some people lost their jobs. But the overall effect is that if we had not done so we will break down the economy, people will lose their income, their jobs . So even the lost that we lost the greater effect is that we have a system that worked.”

Asked who should be blamed collectively, for the several seats the NPP lost, he said “collectively, it is the party. Because one thing about the party is that all decisions emanate from either the steering committee or the National Executive Committee or the National Council.”

During his campaign launch on Tuesday, he assured that the mistakes that were made which resulted in the party losing a number of seats.

“It is true in 2020, yes we won the presidential but we lost great majority of our parliamentary seats. One thing that one must understand is that there are seats that are called borrowed seats. For instance, in 2016 we snatched 55 seats from the NDC. Out of these 55 seats 23 of them we lost the Presidential.

“We won Parliamentary and lost presidential. Going into 2020, I knew it, some of the constituencies we were going to lose anyway because we won the Parliamentary with closed to 33 per cent.

“In some cases, it is because the NDC parliamentary candudate or parliamentarians went independent against their own party so the votes split and we won. So some of these things, in doing the analysis, for some of us who have been working with these numbers, and we know why some of the seats are lost.

“The intransigent and strong position that sometimes our own members take, particularly matters arising out of our Parliamentary primaries. I think that is is important that we take note of that.

“In addition to losing some of the seats we also snatched 17 and these 17 are seats that we lost presidential in most cases. So if we don’t put some structures together your guess will be as good as mind.”

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