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Five key reasons Gyakye Quayson defeated Charles Opoku, NPP, presidency



The Member of Parliament-elect, who was ousted last month on the back of a Supreme Court ruling which annuled his candidature in the 2020 polls, also had his name expunged from parliamentar records.

The decision of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to field him as their candidate was seen as a risk but the party’s gamble with the outcome of the vote has paid off.

Below are five reasons Gyakye Quayson prevailed despite the stiff odds he came up against

Sympathy votes from ouster

The nature of his ouster was widely contested by the NDC and other legal luminaries like Prof. Kwaku Azar; which sentiment seemed to have sunk by way of the NDC’s campaign.

Development blitz by NPP

The presidency and relevant ministries descended on the constituency with projects upon projects.

A section of the voters openly spoke about their anger that the government abandoned them all that while and sought to win the polls using last-minute projects.

Ongoing criminal trial by government

Gyakye Quayson’s criminal trial at the High Court is also a factor that analysts believe played in the interest of the embattled MP.

Well-oiled NDC campaign

The NDC knowing the political implications of the outcome of the vote in relation to the 2024 polls deployed a well oiled campaign that involved all officials across the national, regional and constituency levels.

This was evident in the way the party collated its results, matching the official results with slight percentage points.

Massive show of support by Minority

Almost all NDC MPs were deployed to the campaign grounds at different times with his former colleagues serving as polling station executives across the constituency.

Weeks before the vote, northern MPs, Ashanti, Volta and Greater Accra MPs were strategically deployed to specific zones that had specific ethnic demographics to drum home the strength of the MP-elect.



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