The general secretary of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Justin Frimpong Kodua, has attributed the party’s defeat in the 27 June Assin North by-election to inadequate time to market the NPP candidate, Charles Opoku, to constituents.
James Gyakye Quayson retained Assin North for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) by polling 17,245 votes (57.56% of the total cast) to beat his main rival, Opoku, who had 12,630 votes (42.15% of the total).
The candidate for the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), Bernice Enyonam Sefenu, won 87 votes, representing 0.29% of the total cast.
Time to restrategise
Speaking on the Asaase Breakfast Show, Frimpong Kodua said the NPP will re-strategise and take back the seat in 2024.
“As a party, right after the Kumawu by-election, we didn’t have enough time, we had to go quickly for primaries to elect our candidate, and yet Charles Opoku was elected within the shortest possible time.
“So, it is true we couldn’t market him well. The time was short, as against a candidate who had run in Election 2020 [James Gyakye Quayson],” he said.