The NDC’s parliamentary candidate for Sisala West, Mohammed Sukparu, has announced that riding on motorbikes to go and campaign is the best strategy for the opposition party seeking to win this year’s general elections.
After careful analysis of the challenges facing political campaigning in the midst of COVID-19, Mr Sukparu advised the leadership of the biggest opposition party, to move away from procuring cars and focus on distributing motorbikes and other resources needed for retail campaigning.
This strategy, he contends, is the most effective means of winning the upcoming elections.
“I can tell you that when you go to the grounds and give someone a t-shirt, the excitement and assurances you’ll get from that fellow cannot be obtained with a $25,000 or $30,000 worth of pick-up [truck] that you’ll be driving in the constituency,” Mr Sukparu said recently.
According to him, the new order requires that the NDC, as a political party, adopt the house-to-house campaign method for all constituencies and thereby concentrate on the distribution of resources such as motorbikes, party t-shirts and other paraphernalia to the grassroots.
He was confident that the protocols governing the coronavirus pandemic will not permit any parliamentary candidate to organise rallies and large public gatherings, hence, the need to change the type of resources needed to win the elections.
He went on further to explain that the constituents appreciate it more when a parliamentary candidate and his team walk to the people or ride on motorbikes to visit them in their homes or workplaces.
“What we need is to reach the people in their homes, shops and villages. To do that, we need motorbikes and other resources to support our men on the grounds to continue working and doing even better,” Mr Sukparu reiterated.
“Cars are good but we need motorbikes for our people on the grounds to stay in constant touch with the constituents,” he maintained.
Mr Sukapru assured former President John Mahama that should his retail campaign strategy be adopted, the NDC will be set for a historic victory in December.