TEMA WEST CONST. NDC BRACE FOR DEC PARLIAMENTARY
6/3/2012 10:28:55 PM -
True to prediction by a political analyst, the friction that seemed to surge after the last December NDC primaries in the Tema West Constituency which saw the incumbent Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) Samuel Ofosu Ampofo elected to contest on the party's ticket the Tema West seat has ebbed away.
In its aftermath has been unparallel unity of purpose that has brought all other contestants to a reconciliation table with the first runner-up Lawyer James Enu, Mr. Medie and the two other contestants, one of whom is a female pledging their unflinching support for Samuel Ofosu Ampofo.
Analysts say that with the quite substantial support Lawyer Enu has in the constituency particularly among the youth, women and philanthropic organizations in the metropolis, the electoral chances of the NDC in the constituency would be greatly enhanced.
The foregoing notwithstanding, it is an open truth that the Tema West Constituency has for sometime remained an NPP enclave and with Lawyer Ossei Aidoo withdrawing his threat to go independent as alleged, and throwing his weight behind the incumbent MP Hon. Irene Naa Torshie Addo, the contest for the Tema West Constituency seat would be a tough one thus demanding that both parties do good organizational and mobilization work to attract particularly floating voters who in the words of an NDC supporter, Mr. Cletus Lolornyo 'will constitute the decider'.
Meanwhile, the provision of durable and sufficient sodium street lights throughout the constituency by the Ministry of Energy through the personal initiative of Mr. Ofosu Ampofo is said to be bolstering his popularity since residents had been apprehensive of community security in recent times owing to the upsurge of crime.
A chat with some constituents clearly proved that they approve of the initiative but if that will translate into votes remains to be seen come December 2012.
It would be recalled that the Energy Ministry allocated 100/250 watts sodium street lights C/W frames, glass bulb and arm, and 200m 16times 280 bolt, nut and washer for distribution to all constituencies in the country.
However, this initiative taken by Mr. Ofosu Ampofo has brought about a development that is generating confusion in the constituency with a source alleging that threats and counter threats are being traded among supporters of the two parties on the grounds that the lights allocated by the Energy Ministries was exclusively meant for sitting Members of Parliament-Irene Torshie Addo.
The source indicated that Mr. Ampofo managed to sideline Naa Torshie Addo and grabbed the entire consignment allocated to the constituency to further his political ambitions.
Meanwhile even though effective politicking has not taken root in Tema West, obvious signs of serious preparation toward December 2012 can be seen on the ground and this time round, the NDC seems to have an urge over the NPP.
By Rowland Phillips-Addo