Politics of Thursday, 10 January 2019
Delegates of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Upper West Region have pledged to reward Mr Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin with votes during the NDC’s upcoming presidential primary.
They promised to vote en-bloc for the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, who is also the long-standing Member of Parliament (MP) for Nadowli/Kaleo Constituency because of his exploits as an astute politician.
This was in a statement issued by the Bagbin Campaign Team and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra.
“We are already organised and poised to reward the long-standing stewardship of A.S.K. Bagbin, come January 26 or whatever the date for the flagbearership election. He should be rest assured that he already had Upper West in his corner,” Mr David Yeng, NDC Chairman for Jirapa Constituency said.
Mr Yeng, who was speaking when Mr Bagbin met them at Jirapa as part of his campaign trail in the region, said he was the best in terms of parliamentary practice.
According to Mr Yeng, the NDC would vote en-bloc for him because he had been a source of pride and had helped the region in diverse ways.
The pledge to reward Mr Bagbin with votes comes a few weeks after chiefs have recommended to government to create a special award for the longest-serving Parliamentarian and the best in terms of parliamentary practice who has also groomed two heads of state.
“We the delegates of the Upper West Region are single-minded, we are going for Bagbin,” said Mr Seidu Iddris, Secretary in Lawra Constituency.
According to him, delegates from the region had met a number of times just to reaffirm their commitment to the cause of giving Mr Bagbin at least 90 per cent of their votes.
Speaker after speaker at the meeting showered praises on Mr Bagbin for his good works.
Meanwhile, Mr Bagbin’s stopover at Nadowli / Kaleo Constituency was very eventful as he was mobbed by delegates and ordinary townsfolk.
During the meeting with the delegates, he promised to steer the party away from the style of other leaders.
His reiteration of the pledge to ensure that the party rewarded its members if he was made flag bearer and President received a standing ovation from the delegates.
The Nadowli / Kaleo Constituency Chairman, Mr Edward Abbey, said: “Bagbin has performed excellently well in the areas of education, health, jobs, roads and other infrastructural developments, his performance as minority and majority leader too is far above par, he is very generous, known worldwide with many local and international awards to his credit.