NPP ready for Cape Coast North Seat
From David Allan Paintsil, Cape Coast
The battle for the newly-created Cape Coast North Constituency seat has begun, as the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) delegates popularly acclaimed Dr. Mrs. Henrietta Abane, a senior lecturer at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), as the parliamentary candidate for the party in December 7 polls.
By this acclamation, Dr. Mrs. Abane now faces the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate, Lawyer Ebo Barton Odro, who doubles as the Deputy Attorney General and Minister of Justice, in the new constituency to see which of the parties would win the seat for the first time.
Speaking after her acclamation, which was supervised by the Metropolitan Electoral Commission Officer, Anthony Nyame, on Saturday, Dr. Mrs. Abane expressed gratitude to the delegates for the confidence reposed in her, and pledged to win the seat for the party.
She contended that NPP had spiritually won the December polls, and that it was left with the physical manifestation, and called on the supporters to work extra hard to make it a reality.
She assured the teeming supporters of making her T-shirts and posters available in the area, adding that there was no need to waste time on trivial issues, rather they should intensify their door-to-door campaign to win more votes for the party.
The former Central Regional Minister and NPP parliamentary candidate for Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA), Dr. Ato Arthur, described the Cape Coast North Constituency as a unique one, because it accommodates two tertiary institutions, namely the UCC and Cape Coast Polytechnic.
He noted that the existence of the two tertiary institutions made it an elite constituency, which must be won by the NPP, which is perceived as an elitist party.
Dr. Ato Arthur predicted that the KEEA and Cape Coast North and South seats were done deals for the NPP in the upcoming elections.
He claimed the NDC was panicking at the entrance of Dr. Mrs. Abane, and urged the supporters to put in more efforts to win these seats.
The Central Regional NPP Secretary, Kwamena Duncan, lambasted the NDC government for supporting an illegality, with regards to the creation of the 45 new constituencies.
And also going ahead to elect parliamentary aspirants for those constituencies without recourse to the passage of the law that sought to establish them.
He said despite the short time at their disposal, the NPP was capable of surmounting the challenges ahead, and win the December polls.
He commended Alfred Kojo Thompson, NPP parliamentary candidate for Cape Coast South, for holding forth for NPP in Cape Coast before split of the constituency.
On his part, Alfred Kojo Thompson admonished the supporters to desist from thinking about money first.
He, however, entreated them to rise up to the occasion, by winning the seat for the NPP for the first time, to make the party proud.
The Cape Coast North NPP Chairman, Anthony Allan Forson, said at the close of nominations, only Dr. Mrs. Abane had filed hers, hence the acclamation.
He warned the supporters to refrain from internal wrangling and bickering, because both North and South seats were very important to the NPP.
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