Dr Michael Kpessa-Whyte, Acting Executive Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS), is on his way to annex a parliamentary seat in Ghana’s enxdt parliament after he filed his nomination to contest the parliamentary primaries of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Shai-Osudoku Constituency, slated for November 7.
The nominee paid the filing fee of GHȼ10,000.00, received by Mr Ernesto Akweinor, the Constituency Treasurer.
The nomination was received by Mr Bright Bawa, the Constituency Secretary, at Dodowa, in the Dangme West District, in the presence of Madam Hannah Atter, Constituency Executive Member.
Mr Simon Kweku Tetteh, Communication Officer of the Constituency, reminded the contestants that the race for an NDC candidate for the constituency was a family affair, stressing the need for all the contestants to conduct their campaigns in a peaceful manner.
“The campaign is not to be used to attack anybody. It must be done peacefully, because we need all the members of the party on board,” Mr Tetteh said.
Madam Atter said the contestants were not enemies, and urged them to ensure that their supporters did not do anything to mar the process.
Dr Kpessa-Whyte thanked the constituents for the sacrifices they had made in the interest of the party, as he said they came from nook and cranny to support him.
He said it was time to project the Shai Osudoku Area, and urged the people to give him the nod at the primaries to be the NDC candidate in the 2016 general parliamentary polls.
Dr Kpessa-Whyte who spoke Dangme and Ewe languages, described the incumbent Member of Parliament, Mr David Tetteh Assuming as a great guy, but however added that a healthy competition would enhance democracy in the party.
“I’m offering myself to represent my people to ensure that we have a stronger voice in parliament,” Dr Kpessa-Whyte said, adding that he did not think he (Hon Assuming) intended to be in Parliament forever.
“Competition of ideas is the driving force for the development. I have examined myself and I believe the best candidate will come out of the competition,” Dr Kpessa-Whyte said.
Other contestants in the race for the Shai Osudoku NDC primaries are Mr Desmond William Ocloo and Mr Ebenezer Kwame Adjakle.
Filing of nominations closes on Friday November 10.
Meanwhile the Head of Public Relations of the NSS, Mr. Ambrose Entsiwah Junior has also filed his nomination to contest the Effutu constituency’s parliamentary primaries of the NDC.
He is contesting the primary with two other candidates, Mr. Henry Kweku Bortsie Ghartey, educationist and Mr. Eric Don Arthur former TV3 Morning Show host.
He said the task ahead of the party was bigger, and there was the need for all and sundry to bury their differences and throw their weight behind him, in order to collectively fight to take the parliamentary seat back from the NPP.
‘We are going to conduct clean and decent campaign devoid of insults and attacks, let us as NDC members remember that there is one big task ahead of us, and that is the 2016 elections, which we are going to win,’ he added.