The Member of Parliament (MP) for Wa East, Mr Godfrey Bayon Tangu, has called on fellow MPs, particularly those from the Upper West Region to do away with politics of insults and lies and rather concentrate on issues which would propel the development of the people of the region and the country at large.
He said the electorate were now wide awake and were observing the programmes and policies of the NPP government and, therefore, it was time politicians begin to tell the people what they could do to uplift their living standards and not to dwell on lies.
Mr Tango gave the advice when he addressed a rally by the NPP in Wa.
Making specific reference to a statement purported to have been made by the Minority Leader in Parliament, Mr Alban Bagbin, that he (Mr Bagbin) had been begging on behalf of Mr Tangu to be appointed as a cabinet minister, Mr Tangu asked “How can someone in the minority go and beg on behalf of a fellow MP whose government is the ruling government?”
He added that ever since being in parliament, he had consistently worked effectively with his fellow NDC MPs, especially those from the Upper West Region to articulate the views of the people of the region.
He, however, warned that if they continued to peddle lies about him and the NPP in the region with the aim of discrediting him he would severe ties with them.
On the construction of the Bole-Bamboi road, he said after the PNDC and the NDC governments failed to construct the said road, why should they begin to blame the NPP which has been in power for just six years.
“If I were Mr Edward Salia, who was once the roads minister in the NDC era, I will hide when the issue on the construction of the Bole-Bamboi road is being discussed” he stressed.
According to him, Ghanaians and for that matter the people of the Upper West Region know that positive change brought by the NPP government has come to stay.
Commenting on the chances of the NPP in the Upper West Region in the next general elections, Mr Tangu stressed that come the next general elections in 2008, the NPP would win 60 per cent of the votes in the region.
“The NPP won 15 per cent of the votes during the year 2000 general elections. It improved upon it to 32 per cent in the 2004 elections and, therefore, it is anticipating to win over 60 per cent, come 2008 general elections” he emphasised.
He further gave the assurance that the NPP, would definitely retain the Wa East parliamentary seat, saying the NDC must not bother itself to contest the seat since it is a foregone victory for the NPP.
The Upper West Regional Chairman of the NPP, Alhaji Abdulrahman Short, told members of the NDC to acknowledge the good works of the NPP stressing that “the Upper West Region ceases to be the 'world bank' of the NDC”.
The Wa Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Mac Adama Banda, announced that an amount of ¢50 billion had been budgeted for the regravelling, construction and the tarring of roads in Wa.
Story By Chris Nunoo, Wa