The National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate for Nhyiaeso, Mr Samuel Sarpong, has launched his campaign with a call on the electorate to vote for a leader with a proven track record of providing development in Kumasi.
Mr Sarpong, who was once the Chief Executive of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), said though the NPP had occupied the seat since 1996, his confidence in winning the seat stemmed from the fact that the people were aware of his track record at KMA, as a regional minister and his current position as the Managing Director of the State Housing Company.
Addressing a large crowd of supporters who had gathered at the Methodist Park at Patase in Kumasi, Mr Sarpong said, “If we are looking for a parliamentarian to represent us, we should look at the character and personality of the candidate.”
He also urged the people to vote for the NDC presidential candidate, President J. D. Mahama, to continue with the unprecedented development he was bringing to the country.
Mr Sarpong was introduced in turns by the Minister of Sports, Nii Lante Vanderpuye, and the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Alexander John Ackon, who both eulogised Mr Sarpong for his dedicated spirit and urged the electorate to vote massively for him.
Mr Sarpong is seeking votes to occupy a seat that had been the ‘property’ of New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s Dr Richard Anane since 1996 till he was beaten at the party’s primaries in June.
The NPP Regional Secretary, Mr Kennedy Kankam, managed to beat Dr Anane at the party’s primaries with 247 votes against Dr Anane’s 110.
Other contestants, Kwaku Appiah Minka and Stephen Amoah, had 80 and 164 votes, respectively.
Addressing the crowd, Mr Sarpong expressed shock that “after all the work done by Dr Richard Anane in his 16 years as MP for the constituency, I am shocked they will remove and replace him with Kennedy Kankam, who knows next to nothing. So if such a colossus has been removed, then they should replace him with another colossus like me”, he added.
He said if he compared himself with other candidates vying for the position, it was like comparing apples with oranges because none of them came close to his experience, especially in government, from KMA Chief Executive to Regional Minister and now Managing Director of State Housing Company, an indication that he was doing well.