Wa, Sept 12, GNA - Mr Clement Eledi a Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture was on Sunday confirmed as the New Patriotic Party's parliamentary candidate for the Wa Central constituency in the forthcoming elections.
The confirmation followed his clearance by the National Headquarters of the party as the sole candidate who had filed his nomination and met the necessary conditions in accordance with Article 11(4) of the party's constitution at the close of nomination last year. He was acclaimed at a conference attended by a mixture of over 200 delegates and observers.
Notably absent were the Regional and some of the constituency executives who are opposed to his candidature and are consistently calling for the opening of fresh nominations to allow their pet candidate, Mr Mohammed Kpeglo Adama to file for primaries to be held.
The venue for the conference was relocated at the last minute when some young men invaded the regional party office where it was scheduled to be held, and occupied the seats before the delegates could arrive.
Flanked by some constituency elders, Mr Abdulai Safana, the constituency chairman said just as the national office of the party could not choose a candidate for the regional office, so could the latter not also impose a candidate on the constituency.
According to him, the attempts by the regional executive to impose a candidate on the constituency was in contravention of Article 11(2) of the party's constitution.
Me Eledi thanked the delegates for acclaiming him and pledged to reach out to those who were opposed to his candidature in other to forge unity in the party.
He said the larger interests of the party and voters were more important than anybody's parochial ambitions and that was what some people were refusing to see.
Mr Eledi said, "by this confirmation, the campaign has just began and we will prove our critics wrong and put out enemies to shame", he stated.
According to him, this year's campaign would dwell more on house-to-house than open rallies and urged the supporters to spread the message.
The Deputy Minister said due to lack of unity and organisation, the region was unable to take delivery of 20 new tractors which had been allocated to it by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.
"While our brothers in the Northern Region have already taken their share of 40 tractors and Upper East is organising to take delivery of 20, our Region cannot organise to go for one tractor from the Ministry".
He assured the delegates that he was going to deliver the constituency to the party and urged them to stand firm in their support for the party.