The Member of Parliament ( MP) for Offinso North Constituency, Dr Kofi Konadu Apraku, has said that the forthcoming Offinso South Constituency by-election will determine the strength or the weakness of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in its strongholds.
He stated that the party's strongholds such as the Offinso South Constituency needed to be secured to prepare the grounds for a massive victory in the 2008 Elections.
Dr Apraku said this at a well-attended NPP rally at the weekend at Offinso-New Town, as part of a series of campaigns to recapture the Offinso South seat.
The by-election which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, October 24, 2006 became necessary due to the death of Mr Kwabena Sarfo, the former MP for Offinso South Constituency.
Dr Apraku reminded the people of Offinso of the role the late Sarfo played in ensuring a better education for the people in his constituency and the country at large, and thus called on them to vote massively to demonstrate their appreciation for the efforts of the late Mr Sarfo.
He said the late Sarfo was fantastic in his contributions to debates in Parliament, more especially in matters bordering on the development of education.
He, therefore, stressed that an NPP candidate should replace him in Parliament, but not a candidate from a different political party.
He said “this is because Mr Sarfo died in the course of his work and, therefore, there was the need for a party member to continue with his good work.
Dr Apraku said it would be impossible for the NDC to have a sizeable number of votes in the poll.
He stated categorically that the NDC could not be the credible alternative party to the NPP and, therefore, called on the people of Offinso to vote for Dr Duah.
The Offinso North MP reminded the people that when the NPP took over the reins of government, the economy of the country was in shambles, but because the President and his team were focused, they had been able to come out with pragmatic and meaningful economic policies and programmes that had transformed the country appreciably.
He emphasised that the confidence reposed in the country by the international donor communities was a crystal clear evidence that the government was on course and it was the only government that could give hope to the people of this country.
The National Chairman of the NPP, Mr Mac Manu, called on the people of the constituency not to make up their minds that they would not vote, because as he explained, their votes were their rights to exercise their civic responsibility.
He reminded them that America and other developed countries had used voting as their civic rights for more than 200 years and, therefore, called on them to turn up in their numbers on voting day and vote for Dr Duah, who could support them in their development efforts.
He said the NPP government believed in freedom, development, security, private sector development and democracy and that was why it always allowed every individual to express himself/herself without fear or favour.
The national chairman said the good economic foundation the government laid had led to dramatic changes in all sectors of the economy and it should be sustained as such.
He advised the people of Offinso not to allow their sentiments to override their support for the NPP government and must, therefore, vote massively on election day for the NPP candidate