- As Top Party Guru Leaves for NPP
Story: Robert Ayanful
The fate of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Agona West Constituency of the Central Region, still hangs in the balance, especially at the up-coming Parliamentary and Presidential elections due to rancour between some top members of the party in the Constituency.
The recent event that broke the party’s back is the announcement of the defection of a top member of the party to join the campaign trail of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The development has sent shivers down the leadership of the party I the constituency considering the massive support Mr. Espinoza has and his disposition of pulling supporters for the party.
The party is thus in dilemma as to its fate in the up-coming elections as the man who has been describes as a pillar of the NDC in the constituency has decided to break ranks to join the opposition NPP.
The member, popularly known in the Constituency as Mr. Espinoza, made this declaration at a crisis meeting held by the NPP at Agona Swedru.
Present at the meeting was the incumbent NPP Member of Parliament for the Constituency, Hon. Samuel Kweku Obodai, the Constituency Chairman of the NPP Mr. Evans Onoma Coleman, Ms. Cynthia Morrison and Lawyer Fredrick Ebo Selby both aspiring Members of Parliament, the NPP Youth Organizer, Mr. Kojo Addo, as well as some top members of the party.
Mr. Espinoza, who, before his announcement of his defection was a Co-opted member of the NDC with the responsibility of advising the party in the Constituency hinted that his resignation to join the NPP was as a result of an impasse between him and the NDC aspiring Parliamentary Candidate Lawyer Obeng Inkoom and some of the members of his campaign team.
When pressed by The Moment after the meting to disclose further, details of his decision to cross carpet to join the NPP, the NDC guru though remained somehow adamant, pointed out that he feels rejected, denied and dejected by the NDC, hence his decision to join the opposition NPP.
As to whether he would rescind this decision and come back to the NDC should the leadership of the party invites him to solve the problem amicably, Mr. Espinoza noted that he would not behave like a dog that vomits and returns to lick its vomit.
According to him, it were members of the NPP who came to his aid at a time when he needed members of his own NDC party most, after serving the party in various capacities for more than thirty years since the PNDC era in 1982.
He said it would be lack of appreciation and highest point of betrayal on his part if he should dump the NPP and go back to the NDC.