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26.07.2004 Politics

I Am Still In The Race —Buckman

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Mr Edwin Godwin Buckman, a teacher, who is contesting the member of Parliament for Cape Coast, Ms Christine Churcher, at the New Patriotic Party (NPP) primary has debunked rumours that he had stepped down for the MP.

He said “it is not true that I have stepped down for Ms Churcher,” I will go on and win the primary, he stated. Mr Buckman, who was speaking in an interview, described the MP as “popular but unknown by the people at the grassroots, adding that he was sure to win the contest, which is expected to come off in mid-August, and go on to win the seat for the party.

Mr Buckman said the MP was unfamiliar with the NPP constituency delegates and that, he said, had made him win about 75 per cent of the delegates to his camp. “My men and I are on the ground, still working,” he stated.

With reference to the fact that he was too young to contest the seat, Mr Buckman, 30, said the constitution stated that one should be at least 21 years and said, “that makes me more than qualified to contest the seat,” noting that President Kufuor, for instance, went to Parliament at the age of 29.

He said experience was acquired and what was most important was that one should be ready to learn.

Mr Buckman said as an MP he would collaborate with the relevant stakeholders such as the chiefs, Municipal Chief Executive and other renowned natives of the constituency to develop an education and youth development fund to finance education and other development activities placing emphasis on skills training for the youth.