The parliamentary contest for the ruling National Democratic Congress is getting intense as some known personalities in the ruling party pick nomination forms to contest various parliamentary seats in the Ashanti region.
The next to join the race is the operations manager for Youth Enterprise Support (YES), Quarcu Boateng Dadson who will battle Collins Ntim a member of parliament on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party for Offinso North if he gets the nod.
The ruling NDC won presidential elections in that constituency during the last General elections in 2012 but failed to secure the parliamentary seat. The president John Mahama obtained 16,617 votes representing 49.57% and Akufo-Addo had 16,566 votes representing 49.42%. In the parliamentary elections, Hon. Ntim Augustine Collins of the NPP won 17,024 votes representing 50.36% with Samuel Kojo Appiah – Kubi of the NDC making do with 16,417 representing 48.56% of votes cast.
Mr. Boateng is the first candidate to have picked nomination in the Offinso North constituency of the Ashanti Region. Speaking to Ultimate Fm’s Joseph Oppong Brenya after picking his nomination form at the party’s office in Akomadan, Mr. Boateng said his vision is to introduce wealth creation, promote rural entrepreneurship, youth empowerment and youth development.
“My vision is to help the youth to become self sustaining adults and if you are outside the walls of the legislature, it is very difficult to contribute to law making processes, so first of all I need to be part of parliament to contribute my quota. I have a very strong and broad vision for the area. I want to encourage them and introduce wealth creation, promote rural entrepreneurship, youth empowerment and youth development”.
The constituency secretary Oswald Azuvong, who handed over the nomination form to the aspirant, said the party is poised to win both the parliamentary and presidential elections in 2016.
“The NDC is very strong in the Offinso North constituency but the problem was with the 2012 candidate. The old executives have been removed and now people have the feeling that the party is active. When the president won here it was not surprising but just that we couldn’t carry our campaign to Afrancho because of the parliamentary candidate. But in 2016 the president will get more votes and we will win both the presidential and parliamentary seat”.