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28.03.2008 Politics

‘Parliament Is Not For Kids’

By Daily Guide

MR. SAMUEL Nkrumah-Gyimah, a leading NPP contender in the Odotobiri Constituency parliamentary race, has noted that parliamentary duties are very intricate so competent and experienced people are needed in the House.

According to him, formulation of laws in the august House was essential for the effective development of the country, hence it was necessary that the electorate elected experienced, competent, hardworking and patriotic citizens who fear the Lord to represent them in Parliament.

He therefore urged the electorate to vote for experienced persons who have in-depth knowledge and are abreast of the intricacies of the work in Parliament to represent them, stressing that “Parliament is not for kids.

“If the country will develop well as expected, then much depends on the work of our parliamentarians; their duties are very essential therefore we should make sure that inexperienced people, who will stall the country's current path to glory, are prevented from going to Parliament.”

Mr. Nkrumah-Gyimah made this statement last Tuesday when addressing hundreds of NPP followers at a grand durbar to launch his campaign for the parliamentary seat of Odotobiri at Jacobu in the Amansie Central District of the Ashanti Region.

Earlier, the 56-year-old University of Ghana graduate had submitted his nomination forms to the constituency executives of the party at a short but colourful ceremony.

Continuing, Mr. Nkrumah-Gyimah, who is twice former Member of Parliament (MP) of the constituency, said persistent calls and pressure from his constituents, who he said were encountering a myriad of difficulties, motivated his decision to contest for the enviable position in the party again.

As MP of the area, he promised to lead a crusade to eradicate poverty and hardships and as well champion the accelerated development of the constituency, adding that he would not discriminate against any person irrespective of their political affiliations.

“I will be a servant MP who will work tirelessly to address all manner of problems confronting my people; and this I will do without sidelining any person. I believe that together we can all work hand-in-hand to take Odotobiri Constituency to its former glory days when I was the MP.”

Prior to that, Mr. Edward Owusu Bori, the Odotobiri NPP Constituency Chairman, after receiving Mr. Nkrumah-Gyimah's forms, called for decorous campaign among the contenders for the seat, to promote party unity, adding that the aspirants should abide by the rules and regulations guiding the elections.

He admonished the Polling Station Chairmen and Constituency Executives who have the voting right to elect a candidate to help consolidate the gains of the party in the general elections, and warned them to do away with monetary or any other consideration and vote for the right candidate to improve upon the developmental aspirations of the constituency.

Mr. Owusu Bori described the NPP as a party which was deep rooted in democracy, and rubbished reports and accusations said to have been made by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) that the NPP was planning to rig the upcoming elections.

In his view, such reports were a bunch of falsehood which do not hold water.

From Fred J. A. Ibrahim, Jacobu, A/R

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