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07.04.2008 Religion

Nancy Thompson to unite Oguaa for development- As Christine Churcher quits

By The Statesman

With Christine Churcher not seeking re-election as the Member of Parliament for Cape Coast, there appears to be a general consensus among NPP activists in the constituency on the need to get a real marketable and winnable candidate, and a unifier, to retain the seat for the party.

The fear is that with the current factionalism in the constituency, the NDC's twice-defeated parliamentary candidate, Burton Odro, could snatch the seat from the NPP if the party fails to get a strong candidate with a cross-sectional appeal, and who would be readily accepted by all the factions in the party.

Speaking exclusively with The Statesman, Nancy Thompson, a retired educationist and a former headmistress of Wesley Girls High School, insisted that she is the right person to do the job for the NPP.

She has, therefore, appealed to the polling station chairmen of the party to elect her as the parliamentary candidate to ensure the peace and unity needed to retain the seat for the NPP.

Mrs Thompson believes that her victory in the primary, and subsequent retention of the seat for the NPP, will mark a new dawn of "forward march and progress" not only for the elephant family but the entire ancient capital of the nation.

She cautions the NPP king makers to consider the development of Cape Coast as more paramount than anything, and not allow any unorthodox inducement to sway them to elect a wrong candidate for the party.

The 64-year old retired educationist regrets that even though Cape Coast abounds in both human and material resources, the town had over the years experienced stagnation in its development agenda due to disunity among the people and "the do it and let us see" attitude of some of the inhabitants.

She told The Statesman that her decision to contest the seat was a direct response to the people"s cry for a leader who can unite them to pursue a common agenda of accelerating the pace of development in their communities.

"If we are united, there is nothing that cannot be done. Each and everyone is vital for the development process of Cape Coast. All the people have to be brought on board. And I think I owe the people that moral duty to champion that unity agenda," Mrs Thompson stated.

The daughter of the late George Edward Moore, a staunch member of the Aborigines Right Protection Society, who is credited with the massive infrastructural development that were undertaken at the Ebenezer Secondary School in Accra and the Wesley Girls High School when she piloted the schools as the headmistress, is contesting the primary with four others.

They are Amponsah Dadzie, a private legal practitioner, Philip Bondzie Simpson, a lecturer at the School of Business, University of Cape Coast, Victor Savage, a retired London-based Finance Officer of the British Ministry of Justice, and Godwin Edwin Buckman, the suspended NPP constituency youth organiser.

With Christine Churcher, the incumbent MP not seeking re-election, Mrs Thompson is convinced she is the most marketable and winnable candidate to retain the seat for the NPP.

Political analysts, including key party activists in Cape Coast, see her as someone with a cross-sectional appeal, and well-positioned to unite all the factions in the constituency to ensure a resounding victory in the December elections.

The aspiring parliamentary intends to give special attention to education, tourism and micro industrial development as part of her vision to accelerate the pace of development in Cape Coast.

By slarge

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