29 November 2012

Ghana: PNC to Cause an Upset in Obuasi East

In spite of not too encouraging performance put up by the flagbearer of the People's National Convention (PNC), Hassan Ayariga, in the recent Presidential Debate, some parliamentary aspirants of the party are not perturbed in their bid to enter the August house on the ticket of the party in the upcoming elections.

One of such candidates is 24 year old Hanim Ishaq, who is contesting the Obuasi East constituency seat on the ticket of the party. Hanim faces stiff opposition from the incumbent New Patriotic Party MP, Edward Ennin, and the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Adansi North, Alhaji Abdul Lateef Madjoub, but the only female aspirant in the constituency says she is the least perturbed about her opponents.

The aspirant, who walked into the regional office of The Chronicle, insisting that the paper grant an interview to her, says she would win the seat in the upcoming general elections.

Obuasi East is one of the newly-created constituencies, and has a total of 49,736 registered voters, who will be taking part in the upcoming elections.

The aspirant noted that the new constituency had lots of development challenges, but she was very confident that when voted to represent the people, she would work to their satisfaction. According to her, the constituency lacked several basic amenities such as water and electricity, a situation, she attributed, to poor leadership and years of unfulfilled promises.

She indicated that she was not worried about the competition from her opponents at all, stressing that as the only female candidate, she commands lots of support from the women and other organised groups in the constituency. "Not only am I the only female candidate, but I am also the youngest amongst them all; as you know, it is the youth that must be given the opportunity to serve," she noted.

Hanim, who refused to comment on the recent attitude of her flagbearer, said she was more concerned about her parliamentary bid, and the will to serve the people of the Obuasi East constituency.

Lamenting what she said was poor motivation from the top hierarchy of the party, Hanim, who says she enjoys a great deal of support from her husband, pledged to cause a major upset in the elections, by snatching the seat from right under the noses of her competitors.

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