Last Friday, the President’s nominee for the position of Metropolitan Chief Executive for Kumasi, Mr Kojo Bonsu, was given a rousing welcome when he arrived from his base in Accra ahead of the assembly’s voting on his nomination Tuesday.
Scores of National Democratic Congress (NDC) party supporters and family members from his native Offinso, in branded T-shirts of the nominee, gathered at the Kumasi Airport amid drumming and dancing to welcome him.
When the flight that brought him landed on the tarmac at about 4p.m., the crowd surged forward to catch a glimpse of him.
Mr Bonsu later addressed the party supporters, thanking them for the show of support even at the time he had not become MCE.
“For now I am not the Mayor. I have only been nominated and I will have to be approved by the general assembly so let’s all pray that everything goes through successfully,” he told the supporters.
He was, however, confident that the assembly would give him the nod to enable “all of us work together for the betterment of Kumasi.”
Mr Bonsu indicated that Kumasi had all the potentials to become one of the greatest cities of the world “ and we all have to work at achieving that.”
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He encouraged the NDC supporters to live in peace with all others, saying the development of Kumasi should be everybody’s priority.
“By God’s Grace when I am confirmed tomorrow, we are going to work together as one people devoid of partisan interests and in that case Kumasi would be the winner,” he said to cheers from the crowd.
He also addressed the media later and commended them for the good work they were doing to enhance Kumasi’s development.
When Mr Bonsu was nominated by the President, some NDC supporters protested and chased out the regional party executive members from their offices, claiming they influenced nomination of someone who was not known to the party.
Later, when the party supporters realised that Mr Bonsu was a true and committed member of the NDC, they apologised to him and pledged to support him to get the nod and also administer Kumasi to the best of his ability.
Story: Kwame Asare Boadu