The Member of Parliament (MP) for Old Tafo/Pankrono, Dr Anthony Akoto Osei, has commended a Kumasi-based lawyer, Mr Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie, aka Sir John, for the mark of political maturity he displayed by stepping down to pave way for his acclamation as the party’s candidate for the 2008 parliamentary elections.
He said Sir John’s withdrawal from the race was another indication of the unity that prevailed in the NPP, and expressed the hope that the party would win massively in the constituency on December 7.
The two were locked up in a bitter campaign for the parliamentary slot, but just a day to the congress, Sir John surprised everybody by declaring that he was no more going to contest because he wanted to have time to undertake his duties as the Northern Sector coordinator of the Nana Akufo-Addo campaign team. Even though some people read meanings into Sir John’s decision, he insisted that it was a personal decision, and that he was confident that the party would be more united than ever in the constituency to prosecute the agenda for December 7.
Dr Akoto Osei went through acclamation last week Thursday as officials of the Electoral Commission (EC) had the easiest job proclaiming him the parliamentary candidate.
In his acceptance speech, Dr Akoto Osei, who is also a Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, said he was overwhelmed by the support he received from the rank and file of the constituency, and pledged that he would continue to count on them to deliver.
“Today’s acclamation symbolises the resolve by the delegates and the rank and file of the NPP in this progressive constituency to unite to pave the way for a unified campaign for victory in December,” he said. He noted that a solid infrastructure and social services had been put in place to better the lives of the people, and expressed the hope that the coming years would see an improvement in the economy.