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The Parliamentary Candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the upcoming parliamentary by-election in the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency, Delali Kwasi Brempong (DKB), has outlined his four priority areas of advocacy should he be given the nod to represent the people of the constituency in Parliament.
“I will make the following my major priorities should the people of this constituency do me the honour of electing me as your Member of Parliament: Security of the constituents, Sanitation, Health; Education and youth entrepreneurship. It is my belief that with concerted effort and unity of purpose, we can work to change the fortunes of the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency,” he stated.
He was speaking on Monday, January 7, 2019, during the official launch of his campaign at Mempeasem community at Bawaleshie, a suburb of Accra.
According to him, this by-election offers the people constituency an opportunity to determine whether the constituency should continue to stagnate, despite its unquestionable potential, or make rapid progress in general development and the socio-economic conditions of the people.
“For twenty-two long years, the New Patriotic Party has enjoyed the support of the people of this constituency, who have elected their candidates to represent them in Parliament. The trust reposed in the NPP and their candidates have not yielded the desired dividends in terms of development and socio-economic progress,” he alleged.
He noted that for over two decades, NPP Parliamentarians have failed to leverage the opportunity given them to drive the needed attention and development befitting the status of the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency.
“A constituency with the profile we have should have witnessed far more progress than it currently has,” he stated.
Justifying the choice of his priority areas, Brempong lamented the fact that the constituency continues to grapple with sanitation difficulties even within areas deemed relatively affluent. He said low-income earners continue to struggle for economic space and are often the subject of demolition exercises due to the citing of kiosks and other containers for them to make ends meet.
“The security situation in the constituency also continues to deteriorate with rampant robberies and other violent crimes recorded regularly.
“Our healthcare needs have also not been prioritized and the NPP government has refused to open the ultra-modern University of Ghana Medical Centre built by the NDC government even as our people grapple with health problems.
“The programme launched by the NDC government to give our roads a facelift, has also been abandoned by the NPP government and this had left inhabitants of the constituency especially motorist with untold frustration,” he stated.
With an emphatic reference to his main contending party the NPP, who have consistently won that seat for over two decades and counting, Obrempong emphasized that it is time Twenty-two years of non-performance give way to competent representation and effective advocacy on behalf of all who call the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency their home.
“This dire situation calls for a new direction and a change of course from the ineffective representation that Various NPP MPs have offered to a more dynamic, problem-solving approach that tackles the everyday problems of this constituency and its people.
“With all the modesty and humility, I can muster, I believe that I have the right mix of experience and deep knowledge of this constituency which places me in a unique position to best articulate and advocate on behalf of its good people.
“If ever new ideas and a fresh paradigm were needed in the affairs of this constituency, this would be the time. I believe that I represent those fresh ideas and the new paradigm needed to accelerate the progress of the people of Ayawaso West Wuogon,” he stated.
He also lamented the campaign of personal attack that he claimed has started from the camp of his opponents but assured that he would not descend into such trivialities because his eyes are fixed on the bigger picture of delivering the seat for the NDC and giving the people of the constituency a better representation in Parliament.
“Have heard my opponents say that they are coming at me. I find it unfortunate that the NPP prefers confrontational politics and unproductive politics centered around personalities rather than one that is focused on the issues that matter to the people.
“I wish to make it clear, that I am coming at no one. I am only coming at the problems and challenges that have undermined the progress of this constituency for so long. The constituency’s progress is far too important for the debate around it to be reduced to personality attacks. Twenty-two years of business, as usual, have worsened the plight of our people and this bye-election offers a unique opportunity to reset the discourse,” Obrempong noted.
The National Organizer of the NDC, Joshua Hamidu Akamba, charged members of the constituency not to relent on their efforts but continue to work till victory is delivered to the party on January 31. He the party has adopted a strategy of a door-to-door campaign to ensure that a large majority of the constituents are reached with key messages of the party and the candidate.
He said to represent a constituency in parliament is not a family inheritance for some people to be going around saying that their husband promised them that they would be the next MP and that “the last time President Akufo-Addo told Ghanaians that his father once promised him that he (Akufo-Addo) would be president of Ghana in future. If his father was to be alive today to see his disastrous performance as president he’ll weep for Ghana”.
A member of the party, John Dumelo, announced the launch of a shortcode and urged members and sympathizers of the NDC who support a good cause to donate towards the campaign.
Following the death of the MP for the area in November last year, the Electoral Commission (EC) with reference to the 1992 Constitution of Ghana has set January 31, 2019, as the day for a by-election for his replacement. Three political parties have so far conducted primaries to elect candidates for election. A wife of the late MP, Lydia Seyram Alhassan has been elected to represent the ruling NPP, William Doworkpor will represent the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) while Delali Kwasi Brempong will represent the NDC.
Source: Jeorge Wilson Kingson || ghananewsonline.com.gh