The National Democratic Congress (NDC) inaugurated its Dome Kwabenya constituency campaign office on Sunday, signaling the commencement of its election preparations. Despite the enthusiasm surrounding the event, the celebratory atmosphere was dampened by an ongoing internal crisis, prompting concerns about the future role of Constituency Chairman Isaac Nii Lantey Lamptey and his associates.
Conspicuously absent from the durbar was an irate Isaac Lamptey and key Constituency Executives who remain discontented after the party’s parliamentary primary. While the campaign office flag-off drew substantial attendance, observers note that Lamptey’s absence, aligned with his earlier expressions of doubt regarding the NDC’s electoral prospects in Dome Kwabenya, could impact the opposition party’s chances of claiming the seat from the New Patriotic Party.
Media reports indicate that Lamptey holds a pessimistic view on the NDC’s chances in the Dome Kwabenya Constituency, where he serves as the Constituency Chairman. Accusations of collaboration with the NPP have surfaced, suggesting interference with the re-elected parliamentary candidate, Faustina Elikplim Akrugu.
Sources reveal Lamptey’s determination, along with some executives, to undermine Mrs. Akrugu’s political ambitions. In line with this, Lamptey, expected to host his National Executives, including National Chairman Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, reportedly absconded, leaving caretaker executives in charge of the inauguration ceremony.
This development follows a previous clash between Chairman Lamptey and Accra FM’s Bobie-Ansah in 2023, characterized by live radio exchanges that escalated to naked insults. Furthermore, broadcast journalist Samuel Huntor from Original TV has leveled serious allegations against Isaac Lamptey, accusing him of exploiting the constituency for racketeering.
The crux of the matter revolves around Lamptey’s demand that Elikplim Akrugu surrender all campaign resources to him for distribution. Without compliance, he and his team of executives have declared their intention to abstain from any party activity sponsored by her.
Addressing the contentious situation at a forum, National Chairman Johnson Asiedu Nketiah hinted at his return to the constituency to address the challenges. He remarked, ‘I know your challenge in this constituency has nothing to do with the electorate or the New Patriotic Party; instead, you are your own problem. I shall revisit this constituency, dealing with your problem. There will be no room for anyone to sit on the fence. I will ensure that only those ready and willing to stand by the party’s vision are kept in place to prosecute the party’s agenda.’
Despite the tension, a few days after the primary, Elikplim reportedly made overtures to Lamptey during a private meeting, where he supposedly pledged support for her candidacy – a promise echoing a similar commitment made before the 2020 elections.
Present at the campaign office flag-off were the party’s National Chairman, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, Head of Legal Committee, Edudzi Tamakloe, Rt Colonel Gbevlo Lartey, Horace Nii Ayi Ankrah, Dr. Ahadzie among others.