After about two months of battling and intense political wrangling within the Gomoa East constituency wing of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the party has settled on the choice of Kojo Asemanyi as their parliamentary candidate in the 2016 General Elections.
This follows weeks of internal commotion in the constituency since the first primary which was a keenly contested one resulted in a tie between 35-year-old business and marketing executive, Kojo Asemanyi, and Marcus Danso, who polled 153 votes respectively.
At a tensed run-off election which was supervised by the Electoral Commission (EC) in the constituency to be the decider over the weekend, Asemanyi emerged victorious with 205 votes as against Danso’s 199 votes.
In an exclusive interview with the parliamentary candidate after the elections, he promised to ensure that all factions come on board to ensure a formidable party in the constituency.
He indicated that he will make his contenders an integral part of his campaign and embark on an intensive house-to-house campaign to win the seat in the upcoming elections.
Touching on his mission and vision for the constituency, Asemanyi stated that education will be the heart of his campaign since it is the catalyst for development.
He pointed out that the apparent lack of basic educational amenities as well as inadequate levels of education of the people in area has deprived Gomoa East of its developmental credentials.
The parliamentary aspirant again promised to lobby for resources to ensure that needy but brilliant students in the area get scholarships to continue their education.
He further pledged to sensitise the people and thus encouraged the youth to strive for higher education to contribute their quota towards the development of the area.
“My constituency has not benefitted from its proximity to the capital city, Accra, and former colonial capital, Cape Coast, due to high illiteracy rate which has resulted in high poverty rate in the area,” he said.
“It is my mission as an MP to solve this conundrum and I intend to do this by making education my highest priority. I also pledge to be a true representative of my people to enable them enjoy quality life,” he assured.
Mr. Richard Sam Quarm of the NPP was unseated by Mr. Ekow Panyin Okyere Eduamoah, incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for the area in 2008.
The incumbent MP was reported to have declared his intention not to seek re-election in the forthcoming NDC primaries after representing the constituency for two terms.
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