Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology, Dr. Kwaku Afriyie, says the fight against illegal mining cannot be blamed for the NPP’s unimpressive performance in the 2020 general election.
According to Dr. Afriyie, internal grudges within the governing New Patriotic Party resulted in the low votes recorded in the mining communities.
“Those in the rural communities threaten if you ban illegal mining they’ll vote you out. We are not scared of them. I’m going to Sefwi to tell them if you would vote against me they should. I tired. We should call off their bluff.
“The narrative is not like that. If I may delve into a little politics what hurts me is we lost votes in the mining areas but it is local politics. Juxtapose the presidential and parliamentary election results in galamsey areas. The whole narration is hiding certain things. I admit we lost the elections in the galamsey areas apart from a few places I’m withholding disclosing; all the others are our internal problems caused it,” he told Kwaku Owusu Adjei on Adwenekasa Friday.
His comments come on the back of the General Secretary of NPP, Mr. John Boadu, claiming the National Democratic Congress (NDC) matched up the NPP in the 2020 polls because of the financial sector clean-up and the fight against illegal.
“A major decision to reform the financial sector really caused us because a lot of people lost their jobs and income. It was not for political expediency. We lost seats that we ought not to have lost. If we put our acts together, we will be able to win more seats [in 2024],” he told NPP executive at Tumu in the Sissala East constituency in the Upper East region.
But critically analysing the 2020 elections on Adwenekasa on Original 91.9FM on April 30, 2021, the Minister of Environment, Science and Technology said the fact that President Akufo-Addo who championed the cause to eradicate the illegal mining menace winning several votes in galamsey communities but the NPP parliamentary candidates losing makes the claim not factual.
“You can’t tell me galamsey caused the abysmal performance. NPP, we should solve our own internal problems and make a better analysis,” Dr. Kwaku Afriyie indicated.
He added, “If I hear people blaming the unimpressive performance to the galamsey fight it is a few places I will admit but the majority of places is not the case”.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana