THE Parliamentary candidate for the Convention People's Party (CPP) in the Obuasi Constituency, David Kenya has vowed to wrestle the seat from the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the December 7 parliamentary polls.
He has again promised to work painstakingly to let the party's presidential candidate, Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom, win the presidential election in the constituency.
The 42-year-old Obuasi-based businessman told this paper in an interview that he was not the only candidate destined to win a seat in the Ashanti Region for the CPP, saying his colleague candidates contesting on the ticket of the CPP in the various constituencies in the region would also be victorious.
He said he and his colleagues were determined to work meticulously to win the support of the Ashanti Region so that the region would become the stronghold of the party in the December elections and beyond.
Mr. Kenya, who is also the Assembly Member for Sampsonkrom in the Obuasi Municipality, observed that since he declared his intention to contest the Obuasi seat on the ticket of the CPP, a lot of excitement had been brought to bear on the political landscape in the municipality.
He noted that apart from being inundated with phone calls from electorate in the constituency who were pledging their unalloyed support for his political ambition, several people had been flocking his house on daily basis to encourage him.
The Assembly Member, who is also the Committee Chairman on Works and Housing of the assembly, contended that commentaries from electorate in the constituency following his pronouncement had provoked heated talks in town, suggesting that he was the preferred candidate of the masses.
Mr. Kenya, who claimed he had been a bankroller for the NPP for the past 16 years in the constituency but defected recently to the CPP because of what he called 'abysmal performance on the part of the ruling party,' noted that his announcement to contest the seat had brought shivers down the spines of the ruling party in the constituency.
“The ruling party is shaking, because they know for a fact that once I have declared to contest, they cannot retain the seat.”
He added that the ruling party was struggling to find an antidote to his soaring popularity and influence which he asserted would be moving to greater heights in the days to come.
The CPP parliamentary candidate disagreed with assertions that the Obuasi seat was a safe one for the ruling party, explaining that the seat rather belonged to the CPP in the olden days, noting that as a development agent in the area, he would focus on harnessing available potentials to develop the constituency to the fullest, when voted into power.
“My priority as an MP will be the expansion and improvement of educational infrastructure and also ensuring that the electorate in the constituency, irrespective of their backgrounds, become disciplined and law-abiding,” he pointed out.
From Morgan Owusu, Kumasi