VETERANS politician, Mr Gordon Martey Sallas-Mensah has picked nomination forms to contest the incoming Upper West Akim Constituecy parliamentary primaries of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Eastern Region.
He has therefore, gave assurance to win the primaries and subsequently win the parliamentary seat for the NDC in the area for the 2020 general elections to bring development to the area.
Mr Sallas-Mensah whose nomination forms were picked on his behalf by a joint group of the NDC activists and branch executives from the Upper West Akim onstituency would contest some other parliamentary aspirants who have declared their intention to contest.
He pointed out that the hierarchy of the NDC had confidence in someone that would assist the party to get more parliamentary seats and also win the Presidential election in 2020 and that he is the person who can easily champion that course.
He added that being the grassroot person he monitored activities around the constituency for several years and he knows what they need and “I’m the right man to bring such leadership to the area.”
Speaking in an interview with journalists, Mr Sallas-Mensah explained reasons why he had chosen to contest the parliamentary primaries with other contestants and expressed gratitude to the activists and constituecy brand executives for the show of confidence in him to lead the party in the Upper West Akim.
According to NDC parliamentary hopeful, he sees his recent endorsement as a privileged call to serve “my people, just as Jesus Christ had to leave his comfort zone in heaven for the sake of our salvation.”
“I have consequently called my Eastern Regional Chairman of the NDC, Jowark, to inform him of my decision to accept the nomination to contest as the Parliamentary Candidate for the NDC in the Upper West Akim constituency.
“By the grace of God, I have raised an army of hardworking young men and women serving in various branches, constituency and regional positions who are up to the task of coordinating and mobilising for victory 2020.
“As we work towards victory, our roles and functions may change along the way and we should be ready to accept those roles that would eventually produce the winning numbers,” he advised.
He assured further that he is confident of winning this parliamentary primaries, uniting the party and attracting maximum votes from Upper West Akim for the NDC ultimate victory in the 2020 polls.
He stated that “I am grateful to the founding fathers of our party in Upper West Akim, those who struggled with my uncle former MP, Hon Samuel Sallas Mensah , throughout the PNDC/NDC days to make Upper West Akim the stronghold of the party,” he added.
Mr Sallas-Mensah asserted that he was committed to a clean campaign and have directed that all his associates in this endeavour measure their pronouncements even under extreme provocation.
“We are winning and as vctors we have a bigger responsibility of bringing all others on board after the contest,” he stressed.
He maintained that with his background as stalwart member of NDC, if given the nod during the primaries and elected as Member of Parliament (MP) he could articulate his views on the floor of Parliament to bring development to the constituency.
Meanwhile the NDC was from party from 10-12 July opened nomination forms in all 275 constituency party offices at a non-refundable cost of GHc 2,000.
Women and people living with disability have However, women and persons living with da disability would pay only twelve thousand five hundred Ghana cedis (Ghc 12,500.00).
Filing of nomination forms should take place on the 18 and 19 of July 2019.
Vetting is expected to follow from the 24th-25th July throughout the country, whereas various appeals after disqualification should take place on the 29th-31st of July after which they will issue a notice of poll.
The parliamentary primaries are expected to take place on 24th of August, 2019 at all the 275 constituencies across the country.
Source: Yaovi Azietroga KORYEKPOR AWLESU