Ato Arthur to launch second bid for KEEA seat
Date published: September 26, 2012
From David Allan Paintsil, Elmina
The former Central Regional Minister and New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary candidate for Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA) Constituency, Nana Ato Arthur (Dr.) is expected to launch his second bid for the KEEA seat on Friday in a grand style.
The former Regional Minister recently obtained his Doctorate Degree in Governance at one of the Universities in Germany to meet the ‘established qualifications’ of the KEEA parliamentary seat, which is the preserve of those with doctorate degrees, since the inception of democratic governance in 1992.
According to organizers of the launch, which has the theme: “Together we move KEEA forward again”, is expected to be attended by former President John Agyekum Kufuor as well as presidential candidate of NPP, Nana Akufo Addo, while hundreds of party supporters are billed to make the occasion a glorious one?
The venue of the ‘big launch’ is the Elmina Marine Park near the blue Atlantic Ocean.
The KEEA seat is said to be the seat reserved for those with doctorate degree because Dr. Ato Quarshie of NDC was the first to annex the seat in 1992 until 2004, when he decided to relinquish it and paving the way for Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom to win, with the combination of Convention People’s Party (CPP) and NPP.
After spending one term, Dr. Nduom then left the seat and pursued his presidential ambition in 2008 as the presidential candidate of the Convention People’s Party (CPP).
The National Democratic Congress (NDC), then in opposition, brought in an unknown candidate from abroad, Dr. Joseph Samuel Annan who contested Nana Ato Arthur and won the seat.
During 2008 elections Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom in addressing large celebrants of Bakatue Festival on the shore of Benya Lagoon told them in plain words that KEEA seat was meant for those with doctorate degree and his comment was bought by the electorate who voted for unknown Dr. Annan who had just returned from abroad.
Nana Ato Arthur sensing danger of this claim to the seat, went to Germany to study and he has been awarded a doctorate degree in governance, making him a potential claimant to the seat in December 7 general elections.
Short URL: http://thechronicle.com.gh/?p=47787