Political pundits have predicted that the Sunyani West Parliamentary seat will be fiercely contested for in next year’s elections, as a section of the constituents, especially the youth, are fronting for the Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, Justice Samuel Adjei, to contest the seat.
The seat which has been a traditional New Patriotic Party (NPP) seat since the creation of the constitution more than a decade ago, is currently occupied by the NPP strongman Ignatius Baffour Awuah, a former regional minister in the erstwhile Kufuor administration.
A group calling itself ‘Friends of Justice Movement for 2016’, with motto, ‘Me Man Nti, Enye Me Nti,’ has emerged from Odumasi, the district capital and the hometown of the deputy regional minister, calling on Mr Adjei to be their MP so as to develop the district.
The movement, launched recently, is poised to annex the seat in 2016 as the members have vowed to go all out to canvass for votes for the deputy regional minister.
Meanwhile, Mr Adjei has confirmed to DAILY GUIDE that he will be contesting the seat come 2016 and is sure of winning it due to the overwhelming support he is gaining from a cross-section of the residents of the constituency.
‘Yes, I am going for that seat. I have made my mind and there is no turning back,’ he told DAILY GUIDE during an interview over the weekend.
Mr Adjei, who described himself as a ‘very selfless, affable, fair, firm and just personality,’ indicated further that the grounds are good for him to annex the seat from the NPP since the ruling government has done so much in the last six years to bring enormous development to the district.
Mr Adjei, it will be recalled, contested the Sunyani East Constituency Parliamentary seat on the ticket of the NDC on two occasions but did not win.
He however did not contest in the 2012 general elections when he transferred to the Sunyani West constituency where he hails from.
The first occupant of the Sunyani West Parliamentary seat was Kwadwo Adjei Darko, a former Local Government Minister in the erstwhile NPP administration, who relinquished the seat after serving for eight years, making way for Baffour Awuah to
take over in 2009.
Mr Baffour Awuah, according to sources close to him, will be contesting again for the third time and is said to be lasing his boots to stage a fierce contest with the deputy regional minister to retain the seat for the NPP.
Kwadwo Nyamekye Marfo, the immediate past Regional Minister and current Ghana Ambassador to Algeria, failed to annex the seat for the NDC after contesting it on three occasions.
FROM Fred Tettey Alarti-Amoako, Sunyani
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