‘Old’ Sallas Mensah Picks Forms *To contest U/W Akim NDC primary


VETERAN politician, Mr Gordon Martey Sallas Mensah, has picked nomination forms to contest the incoming Upper West Akim Constituency parliamentary primary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Eastern Region.


He, therefore, gave assurance to win the primary and subsequently win the parliamentary seat for the NDC in the area in the 2020 general election to bring development to the area.


Mr Mensah, whose nomination forms were picked on his behalf by a joint group of NDC activists and branch executives from the Upper West Akim Constituency, will contest other parliamentary aspirants in the persons of James Stephen Djenor, Derek Darko Ohene Assifo Bekoe and Nana Ama Yeboah, who have all declared their intentions to contest.


He pointed out that the NDC hierarchy has confidence in someone who will assist the party to get more parliamentary seats and also win the presidential election in 2020 and that he was that person who can easily champion that course.


He added that being a grassroots person he had monitored activities around the constituency for several years and knows what they need and “I’m the right man to bring such leadership to the area.”


Speaking in an interview with Today, Mr Mensah explained reasons why he had chosen to contest the parliamentary primary with other contestants.


He expressed gratitude to the activists and constituency 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 of 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 winning numbers,” he advised.


He assured further that he was confident of winning the parliamentary primary, uniting the party and attracting maximum votes from Upper West Akim for the NDC’s ultimate victory in the 2020 poll.


He stated that “I am grateful to the founder 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 Mensah asserted that he was committed to a clean campaign and that he had directed that all his associates in this endeavour measure their pronouncements even under extreme provocations.


“We are winning and as victors we have a bigger responsibility of bringing all others on board after the contest,” he stressed.


He maintained that with his background as a stalwart member of NDC, if given the nod during the primary and elected as Member of Parliament (MP), he would articulate his views on the floor of Parliament to bring development to the constituency.




Writer’s email: freeman.koryekpor@todaygh.com

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