Some National Democratic Congress (NDC) stalwarts have declared their intentions to contest certain parliamentary seats after the party opened nominations on Thursday.
Whereas some of these persons had dropped subtle hints of their decisions, others had completely hidden their plans until the nominations were opened.
Some of the names gunning to represent their constituents in parliament are sitting government appointees which include a deputy Information Minister Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, a deputy Transport Minister, Dzifa Ativor, a deputy Finance Minister Fiifi Kwetey amongst others.
Richard Quashiga, who is the propaganda secretary of the ruling party, has also made his intensions clear that he would definitely be running for the Keta parliamentary seat. Zita Okaikoi, former information and tourism minister has never hidden her intensions of wanting to represent the people of the Dome-Kwabenya constituency.
All these persons have spoken to Citi News intimating why they want to run and what different they would do if they are given the nod by the constituents.
Ablakwa, who is gunning for the North Tongu seat wrote on his facebook page that “after many months of numerous appeals and solidarity that I contest the North Tongu seat on the ticket of the great NDC. I wish to for the first time announce here to my cherished facebook friends that after serious consideration and consultations and on a day that nominations have been opened that I will answer the call to duty. ”
Attivor, who is running for the Ho West Constituency told Citi News “my joy is in the aspect where the party is encouraging more women to vie for parliamentary positions.
“NDC is a mass party but as you are aware, we have only five female MPs so I want to use this opportunity to encourage more women especially from the Volta region to come on board and play their role as leaders. ”
She said she is running because she wants to “bring inspiration to young women and hard working women in the Volta region. The time has come for the face of NDC to change. ”
The deputy Finance Minister Fiifi Kwetey said: “I believe that it is time for that constituency [Ketu South] to really reach the place it needs to reach as far as the parliament of Ghana is concerned.
“It is my nature that I don’t touch unless I know that when I touch I can turn into gold. My natural philosophy is that you either drink deep or you don’t taste at all so I would not have tried even tasting unless I believe that I was going to go in and drink to the fullest. ”
The NDC propaganda secretary Quashiga wants to represent the people of the Keta constituency and he has told Citi News “I am convinced that there is need to give the people of Keta some different style of representation in parliament and I think that I represent that kind of unique style of representation that the people of Keta need. ”
The NDC would this Saturday hold primaries in the southern part of the country for the orphan constituencies one of which is the Dome Kwabenya constituency where Zita said she is very prepared to win the primaries.
One other orphaned constituency, the largest in the Greater Accra - Weija - has had its primaries postponed due to the recent demarcations that were announced. It has been split into two and party officials are yet to fix a day for the primaries to be held.
The Weija constituency, however, has the likes of the former chairman of the Confiscated Vehicles Committee Carl Wilson, Broadcast Journalist Gideon Ayikwey and one Bright Demodji seeking to represent the NDC.
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