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07.04.2008 General News

Isaac Osei's message of hope

By The Statesman

If all aspiring Members of Parliament will be truthful to campaign on the functions and duties of a legislator, as Isaac Osei, Chief Executive Officer of Cocobod, who is seeking to contest Subin constituency in Kumasi on the ticket of the ruling New Patriotic Party, is currently doing politics will take a different turn in the country.

The aspirant has moved away from the usual promises associated with parliamentary primaries and he is telling the constituents that if he is elected to represent them at the Parliament, he would serve them through making useful and good laws for the country as a whole.

He, however, admits that as an MP, he would serve their interest and use his position to facilitate development of all kinds to the constituency.

As part of running a decent campaign, the aspiring MP has also pledged not to lie, insult, or attack the other contestants.

Interestingly, he has adhered to the party's guidelines by not pasting his posters until he passes the vetting process but checks by this paper indicate other aspirants have flouted this regulation.

Isaac Osei, former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, spoke exclusively to The Statesman last Thursday on what informed his decision to join the NPP parliamentary race in Subin.

"My type of politics may not win votes but I believe the delegates will understand the message, the message of hope, and vote for me," he stated.

According to him, to be an MP is about service to the people and that having acquired education and working experience both in public and private life, it is time he gives something back to the society.

The Cocobod boss promises to be accessible to the people by holding quarterly interaction with the constituents to know their problems, learn and work with them.

Asked to asses his chances, Mr Osei said with his achievements in private life and in a NPP government couple with competence and experience, he is the best person to represent the people of Subin constituency.

"Money can't influence the delegates, the people of Subin are smart, discerning and I trust they will deliver the best," he stressed.

Commenting on the selection of a running mate for the NPP flagbearer, where his name has cropped up as a potential partner, Mr Osei disclosed that some party members tried to lobby for him without his knowledge but maintained that he is ready to serve in whatever capacity under Nana Addo's flagbearership.

"I have known Nana Addo for a long time and he is a man I respect. He has a mind of his own and can make the right decision and we should accept whoever he chooses as his partner," he said.

"You can't have Vice Presidential ambition, you can only have Presidential ambition and if you are a politician you must have a constituency. I can support Nana Addo as an MP."

By slarge

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