Speaking to the Daily Graphic in Kumasi, Mr Bonsu, a businessman, sports administrator and politician, said he would, however, want to wait to get the nod from the assembly members before making details of his vision for Kumasi.
“I have a lot of great things under my sleeves for Kumasi but, yes, for now I have to respect the assembly members who would have to approve my nomination.
“I have only been nominated. It’s good that I give them (assembly members) the respect they deserve because they are the kingmakers now,” he said.
Nonetheless, he was confident that the assembly members would give him the nod to ensure that they worked together for the betterment of the metropolis.
President Mahama nominated Mr Bonsu, a known figure in Kumasi especially through his association with Kumasi Asante Kotoko Sporting Club where he had played many important roles including a board member.
A statement signed by the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Mr Akwasi Oppong-Fosu last Thursday said the nomination was in fulfilment of section 243 (1) of the 1992 constitution and section 20 (1) of the Local Government Act 1993, ACT 462.
Mr Bonsu served as a member of Board Directors of GOIL where he also acted as the Managing Director. He was also once the boss of the National Sports Council.
He thanked the President for the honour done him promising never to disappoint him.
Mr Bonsu noted that the duty of a metro chief executive was to serve and not to be served.
“An appointment like city mayor means service to the people and I will do this to the best of my ability when approved,” he stressed.
Mr Bonsu who is a native of Offinso said he was aware of the challenges and opportunities of Kumasi and would not play to the gallery when he takes over the seat. “I am a royal of the Golden Stool, The Asantehene is my first cousin and I cannot disappoint.”
“For me it’s a home coming and I want to assure the President and all the people of Kumasi and indeed Asanteman that Kumasi will see the best out of me.”
The nominee further said even though he is a die-in-the-wool NDC person, he would not allow partisan politics to take over his administration.
“We need to put our partisan politics aside and work as a team when it comes to the development of Kumasi,” he added.
Story by Kwame Asare Boadu