MP Saad addressing supporters at campaign launch
The incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for
Bortianor-Ngleshie-Amanfro Constituency, Habib Saad, last Thursday, filed his
nomination to ward off competition from four aspirants who sought to challenge his
incumbency in the upcoming New Patriotic Party (NPP) primaries.
The first term MP who broke the jinx of the
constituency being an orphan constituency to the party was facing opposition
from the former NPP parliamentary candidate for Prampram who happened to be the
head of the National Youth Authority (NYA), Sylvester Mathew Tetteh.
Other contenders include the Director of
Information Technology (IT) at the Youth Employment Agency, Frederick Abban, a
former polling station executive and a teacher by profession, Gifty Mensah and
George Osei Wadee.
Speaking at his campaign launch, the MP warned
against the dangers of bringing “outsiders” to contest for the seat, especially
when the seat had been an orphan seat for the NPP.
“If we are not careful and we go for someone who
is not even a delegate here, we may not be able to retain our seat. We need a
local person, someone who is a delegate and possibly a polling station
executive. It was through this process that I became an MP, as I was then a
polling station chairman.” he said.
He enumerated some achievements in his first
term of office to include providing educational support by paying of fees,
building of three six-classroom blocks at various locations, extending water
supply lines and electricity lines to some communities, established a CHP compound
for Oshiyie among other initiatives.
interview with DAILY GUIDE on Tuesday, Mr Abban expressed his desire of
serving his constituency beyond passing legislations, to making available the
right networks and connections to pull together the resources to embark on
initiatives that would improve lives of constituents.
An aspirant, Mrs. Mensah in an interview on
Thursday, believed that politics as a social contract required that leaders were
given the nod to lead with the mindset of helping followers.
She therefore expressed worry at the low
improvement level of constituents whose lives had not changed over the past
years due to lack of data on electorates, ineffective planning and
disproportionate distribution of resources.
The Municipal Chief Executive of Ga South
Municipal Assembly, Joseph Nyarni who was a former constituency chairman, expressed
worry about the level of recklessness in campaigning that had engulfed the
party in the constituency.
He called for sanity among all members in order
to maintain the love and unity that had been the hallmark of NPP in the
Bortianor-Ngleshie-Amanfro Constituency over the years.
By Issah Mohammed