The New Patriotic Party (NPP) says it is targeting over 90 per cent popular votes in the Ashanti Region as it prepares for the December election.
Addressing the media in Kumasi after meeting some party executive members and parliamentary candidates in the Ashanti Region, the acting National Chairman of the party, Mr Freddie Blay, said aside from the massive support the party was receiving, it had put measures in place to ensure a total annihilation of the ruling party in the upcoming presidential election.
“We are not going for the 52 or 53 per cent that some are saying, we are aiming at over 60 per cent, ” he said.
According to him, the party would record a landslide victory, adding that “we are winning by a 60 per cent landslide victory.’’
Mr Blay said the NPP was ready to meet the National Democratic Congress (NDC) ‘boot for boot’.
” When I say boot for boot, it’s nothing except on the battlefield of this election. We hope that we are going to play it fair and there wouldn’t be any hanky panky. ”
The Campaign Manager of the party, Mr Mac Manu, entreated the media to equip itself with the electoral reforms to enable them to monitor their implementation.
He said the media had a critical role to play in the election and ” that is why for the first time in the new LI provision has been made for the media to take part in the early voting to enable them to monitor the elections.”
The Member of Parliament for Okere, Mr Dan Botwe, said from all indications, the party stood a better chance of winning the upcoming election than was the case in 2000.
He said “even in 2000 where we had been in opposition for a very long time, where we did not have anything to show, we did not have this support.”
According to him, during the eight years of President Kufuor, Ghanaians saw what the party could do and believed that that achievement, coupled with the current hardships in the country, put the party in a better position to win the elections.