Ledzokuku NDC holds debate for aspirants

BY: Gifty Ashitey
Mr Nortey Duah

A debate, the first of its kind among four National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary aspirants,  has taken place in the Ledzokuku Constituency.

It was aimed at winning the hearts and votes of delegates in the forthcoming primaries of the party slated for November 21 this year.

 

The four who took part in the debate at Teshie last Sunday were Benita Sena Okity-Duah, Gilbert Mensah Amartey, Nii Nortey Duah and Daniel Amartey.

Interestingly, the four accused one another of being responsible for the dwindling fortunes of the party in the constituency in the previous elections.

The four aspirants also attempted to defend their viewpoints in separate interviews with members of the press after the debate.

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Mr Nortey Duah said he left GH¢225,000 in the Common Fund before stepping aside as the Member of Parliament (MP) after losing  the last primary.

He said despite the amount, the constituency was still facing problems `and so could not complete projects in the constituency.

He pointed out that during his tenure, he started a lot of development projects in the constituency such as construction of roads, the Teshie Clinic and library as well as providing the Presbyterian Church with a solar system from his Common Fund.

The incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for Ledzokuku, Mrs Okity-Duah, said 70 per cent of her promises to the constituency had been fulfilled, adding that she registered 1000 people onto the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and erected streetlights. She said she would be the best person to help in advancing the cause of the constituency when elected.

In an interview on the recent burning of the party’s biometric register which was on exhibition in the constituency, she said the aspirants and their supporters suspected that there were illegal names on the biometric register of the party and that brought about the misunderstanding which led to the destruction of the register.

She said as a good leader, she was against the act but she said no one could control them when they charged on the party officials at the exhibition centre.

The former Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Daniel Amartey, said he built a lot of classroom blocks when he was MCE and continued assisting the constituency even when he was out of office.