An aspiring parliamentary candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Wa Central Constituency, Mr Abdulai Bin Salih, has expressed optimism that he will win the party's primaries.
This, he said, was the result of the massive goodwill he enjoyed within the rank and file of the party.
“I know that come the congress day, I will emerge victorious and subsequently go ahead to win the Wa Central seat for my great party”, he said confidently.
Mr Bin Salih, popularly known as Mr Abudi, was speaking to the Daily Graphic after an opinion poll, conducted by Royal Club, a research group, had put him ahead of other contestants in the race.
The other contestants are the Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture, Mr Clement Eledi; Mr Ahmed Jangu, Mr Haadi Bawa and Mr Ibrahim Zakaria.
Mr Bin Salih said having been born into the Danquah-Busia tradition and having once served as a polling agent for the Progress Party in 1969 at Yaro in the now Wa East Constituency, coupled with his strong links with the supporters of the party on the ground, he was the best candidate to beat the NDC, which had won the seat since 1992.
He said the myth surrounding the NDC was about to be broken and that the party needed somebody who would serve as a unifying factor to ensure that this dream became a reality.
He appealed to the other candidates to conduct their campaign in a civil manner devoid of insults and the fanning of tribal sentiments.
The head of the research group, Mr Mahamud Abdulai, explained that the exercise was aimed at prompting the various aspirants to step up their campaign.
He said it was also to remind the potential voters in the primaries of an important remark made by former President J. J. Rawlings, that delegates to any congress should vote for candidates that the masses liked.
Mr Abdulai said the research covered a period of three months from March to May 2007 and mentioned some of the respondents as floating voters, NPP supporters and polling station chairmen.
He said in all a total of 500 people were interviewed and gave the assurance that similar exercises would be extended to the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
“We are in to strengthen democracy at the regional level and would want the political parties to co-operate with us”, he added.
Story by George Folley Quaye