Allotey Jacobs of NDC quits active politics
Central Regional Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Bernard Allotey Jacobs has revealed he is bringing his several years of political activism to a close.
According to him, he will not be seeking re-election as Regional Chairman of the party not because he will lose but for the fact that he feels he has done his best and must take a bow for someone else to continue with the baton.
Speaking on Accra-based Okay Fm on Thursday the ‘Educated Fisherman’ as known in the political circles, told the host that his reign as chairman was undermined by current General Secretary of the party, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia who should have known better.
“I am quitting political activism and I am not going to seek re-election. Asiedu Nketia undermined my Chairmanship knowing very well the region is a conservative region. Things he was supposed to do, he refused to do them culminating into the defeat of the party”, he revealed.
He observed that the Central Region is traditionally a stronghold of the NPP until the late professor Mills made the difference.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC), won 16 out of 23 seats in the region in the 2012 elections but lost all except four to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in 2016.
Many blamed Bernard Allotey Jacobs for his ‘incompetent leadership’ which led to the NDC party’s defeat in the 2016 parliamentary and presidential elections, but Allotey Jacobs, in turn, lashed out at his critics to rather turn the blame on the late former Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah.
According to the regional chairman, it is not only Amissah Arthur but Cassiel Ato Forson too who coordinated the campaign has a fair share of blame to take.
“If the critics say I didn’t do well then the former Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur is even from this region, National Executive members and the campaign coordinator, Ato Forson is also from this region so why do I be blamed for not winning for the elections for the NDC in this region” Allotey Jacobs lamented.