Whilst the whole of Ghana, particularly members of the National Democratic Congress mourn the shocking death of President John Mills, the party and its parliamentary aspirants will be counting their losses in huge investments made in party paraphernalia ahead of the 2012 General elections.
Huge campaign billboards with imposing pictures of the late president have been mounted across the length and breadth of the country seeking votes in the next election.
Printed T-Shirts, cups and other party materials all bear the picture of the late president with five months to go for the election.
But with his passing and the obvious replacement by the party ledership with President John Mahama as the new party flagbearer for the 2012 elections, it appears the NDC must start all over again in getting their party paraphernalia ready for the 2012 elections.
Joy News’ Hannah Odame who has been following the developments at the NDC Head quarters since the death of the president, overheard some party activists discussing what they will do with the party paraphernalia which are on the high seas yet to arrive in Ghana.
The paraphernalia including T-shirts all bear the picture of the late president and the activists are contemplating replacing pictures of Prof Mills on the T-shirts if the pictures were only stick-ons.
Information Minister Fritz Baffour who has an imposing billboard bearing the picture of the late president at his Ablekuma South Constituency said he would have no choice but to replace the bill board with the picture of the new flagbearer.
Asked how much of a cost the replacement will be for him, he said: “In life sometimes there are challenges which you have to face and surmount.”
He was fortunate though not to have printed any T-shirts with the late president’s picture on them but was quick to add even if supporters wear T-shirts bearing the picture of Atta Mills, they will still be recognized as NDC supporters, “so we have not lost anything.”
William Anim Adjei MP aspirant for Ayawaso Central said he had his billboards with the late president mounted already and was hoping to distribute T-shirts and party paraphernalia with the pictures of late president on August 4, the day on which he will launch his campaign.
Whilst admitting that a huge cost went into the printing of the paraphernalia, he was not at all disappointed, explaining the Tshirts will serve the same purpose, irrespective of whose picture is on it.
The party officials, according to Odame are unavailable for comment on the cost implications to the party.