The political season is here and the scramble for the Ablekuma South constituency seat in the Greater Accra Region by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has begun, with Lawyer Kojo Sackey Smith throwing his hat into the ring.
The Obewoku AMA Sub-Metro office last Saturday saw a large turnout of friends and sympathizers of Lawyer Smith wearing his image-embossed T-shirts. They all had one thing in common - to see him emerge as the candidate for the constituency.
It was an elaborate function characterized by the presentation of gratis 200 National Health Insurance Scheme certificates to a number of residents in the area on the purse of Lawyer Smith.
Following the announcement by Madam Theresa Amerley Tagoe that she would not run for the next Parliament, a number of persons have staked their interest on the seat which incorporates such important suburbs as Dansoman, Mamprobi and Korle-Bu.
Lawyer Kojo Smith, a legal practitioner and leading member of the NPP in the Greater Accra Region has a track record of service in the public service, having also worked in the UK for sometime before returning home.
DAILY GUIDE has gathered that there are other high-profile personalities who are still testing the pulse of the constituency before jumping onto the political arena.
In a speech at the gathering which was the closest Lawyer Smith got to publicly disclosing his intention to vie for the seat, he tasked the residents to ignore those who come to them with money.
The electorate, he said, should vote for people who would seek their welfare, adding that there is a political leadership problem in traditional Accra. This, he noted, had retarded the progress of the national capital in areas such as sanitation and others.
Such anomalies, he mentioned, can only be remedied when the right personalities are put in charge of affairs, promising the people that he is ready to present himself as a sacrificial lamb so that his community can progress.
Lawyer Smith said the Ga state required someone who would bring members of the ethnic group together so that they progress in unison.
“Some people are stomach politicians who use people to achieve their aims and abandon them,” he stated. Dr. Loretta Lamptey of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital who presented the health insurance certificates to the residents advised them to ensure the cleanliness of their environments.
Sanitation, she said, is good for human health, and that 2008 is a year for Sanitation so everybody should join in the fight to ensure a hygienic environment.
On birth control, she asked residents to seek the best way to do it from the hospitals, as the inability to adhere to measures creates problems for the community.
By A.R. Gomda, & Mary Annan