In less than a day, the over two hundred thousand delegates of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) will decide who leads them in the 2024 presidential elections.
At Assin Dompim, the hometown of one of the four candidates, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, residents cannot wait to see a native of the area represent the party as its flagbearer for the first time.
For 23 years, the outspoken politician has represented the people of Assin in Parliament.
But now he is aiming for the top political spot in his party – the flag bearer.
The six-time lawmaker desires to represent the NPP as a presidential candidate in the 2024 elections.
But is there anything significant Kennedy has done, even for his constituents to merit his request to be handed the flagbearership slot?
“In the area of education and youth empowerment, Kennedy has and continue to perform. The most important thing we are not tackling in the country is corruption and this is a man who stands against corruption and is ready to deal with it,” a resident of Assin Fosu and NPP delegate, Cosmos Kojo Danso indicated.
To Obaa Yaa, another NPP delegate, Ken is a man “who has been tried, tested and has the ability to deliver on his promises.
“Only Assin Fosu in the Assin Central constituency was connected to the national grid prior to 2000. But since Kennedy Agyapong became an MP for the area, he has ensured all our communities have electricty.
“In fact, he even introduced free education to Assin by way of scholarships before the NPP government introduced it.”
As a native of Assin Dompim in the Central region, what would it mean for residents in the area to have Ken Agyapong aspiring to lead the party in the 2024 presidential elections?
“To have somebody from this community to rise to this extent or even have the intent and courage of becoming the President is pleasing and encouraging for the youth here. The facelift Ken has given to us even as an MP gives us hope of better things to come”, a resident of Assin Dompim, Richard Amponsah Afum touted.
For this 72-year-old, but for Kennedy Agyapong’s intervention, she wouldn’t have been able to earn any meaningful income.
“Ken has been very supportive to us, the people of Dompim.
“So we are excited for the path he has taken because we will be more proud if we get a President who comes for this small community,” Mary Tawiah asserted.
Among the four candidates for the November 4 primary, the Assin Central MP rates himself as the only one to retain power for the NPP in 2024.
“Kennedy Agyapong stands for development. Kennedy Agyapong is for the youth. Kennedy Agyapong is for industries. The only man in the NPP who can the eight is Kennedy Agyapong”, the lawmaker told delegates and party supporters at his final showdown walk in Cape Coast.
Though most of the surveys have tipped the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia to win the flagbearer slot, in elections you can never know exactly what would happen.
For all the contenders, it is never over until it’s over. The decision would be made on Saturday, November 4.
By Ibrahim Abubakar|AkomaFM|Onuaonline.com