THE RACE to elect a successor for the Abuakwa South Constituency seat, as the incumbent MP, Nana Akufo-Addo is gunning for the presidency, has become an attention-grabbing one with Fiifi Ofori-Atta, a US-based IT Consultant affirming his intention to contest the seat on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Fiifi Ofori-Atta has disclosed that he arrived at the decision after an intense thought and consideration and after receiving patriotic appeals from residents of the constituency.
Other names making the rounds as wanting to contest the seat include Nana Fredua Ofori-Atta, a media practitioner; Atta Akyea, a private legal practitioner; Rhoderline Baffour-Gyimah, a former Personal Secretary to the First Lady, Madam Theresa Kufuor; Kwame Acheampong Boateng, a private legal practitioner; Victor Emmanuel Asihene, District Chief Executive for East Akim; and Gloria Ofori-Boadu, also a lawyer.
Fiifi has promised to transform Abuakwa into an 'economic Mecca' for the country, and noted that the constituency needs a strong and dedicated leader with strong local and international presence and contacts to open up the flood gates of economic development and progress.
“This decision also comes with the consideration of the present social and political situation in the country and the need to give Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo not only a man who meets the high standards of public service set by him but also a successor who shares in his visions and can support his aspirations for the development of Abuakwa South and Ghana.
“It is unfortunate that a constituency that has produced countless national figures and great patriots is still suffering the scourge of illiteracy, mass redundancy and poverty. In this vein, the unparallel personal efforts and achievement of the outgoing Member of Parliament, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in creating livelihoods is well acknowledged; and needs a dedicated successor to continue with his outstanding contributions and efforts,” Ofori-Atta noted.
The parliamentary hopeful has urged the delegates who would form the Electoral College at the constituency primaries not to be swayed by money or other enticements but rather vote for a candidate who can best serve the interest of the constituency and the country, adding, “the Abuakwa South Constituency also, above all, needs a candidate with sound relations with all sections of the constituency and the social trust and goodwill to unite and move the constituency forward.”
He continued that as a personal contribution to the social and economic development of the constituency, he, Fiifi, has established a private youth livelihood initiative, which will provide vocational training in textile production, bread making and Information Technology for hundreds of youth in the community.
By Halifax Ansah-Addo