Politics of Friday, 26 October 2018
Source: Emmanuel Coffie
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Sege Constituency, Hon. Christian Corleytey Otuteye has said presidential candidate hopeful, Goosie Tanoh “stole his heart” after for he had a face to face encounter with him for the first time.
However, the legislator who is also a lecturer was not yet ready to endorse his “new found love politician” until he has listened to all other contestants.
Mr. Otuteye was among hundreds of delegates whom Mr. Goosie Tanoh engaged during a campaign tour to some places in Accra to canvass for votes ahead of NDC’s crucial presidential primaries.
Shortly after the meeting, the Sege legislator told journalists “I was convinced with his message, personally he won my heart and I believe he also won the hearts of the delegates”.
However, he was quick to state that he was yet to listen to other aspirants to make a firm decision as to who to vote for.
He described Mr. Goosie Tanoh as a well-qualified, nice gentleman prepared for the job of a president of Ghana.
He was particularly impressed with Mr. Goosie Tanoh’s message of unity, grassroots empowerment, revamping of the Agricultural sector through job creation, and developing a sense of ownership of the NDC party among members.
Christian Corleytey Otuteye is one of the 94 NDC members of parliament who were allegedly deceived to sign a document which was supposed to seek endorsement of the comeback of former president John Dramani Mahama. President John Mahama, the then sitting president, lost the 2016 elections to the opposition party’s Nana Akufo Addo by close to a million votes and is seeking a comeback.
Some of the said 94 MPs later made shocking public revelations that they were blackmailed into putting pen to paper to endorse Mr. Mahama.
When asked why he endorsed Mr. Mahama, Christian Otuteye denied endorsing the former president’s comeback saying ” I don’t know about any endorsement, Mahama is yet to come here so what if the new ones coming have better ideas?”.
Goosie Tanoh is facing stiff competition from 11 other aspirant including former president John Mahama who is making a comeback for the party’s flagbearer slot for the 2020 elections.
Goosie Tanoh launched his campaign in October in the Volta region where he visited tens of thousands of voters to solicit for votes.
Profile of Gossie Tanoh
Tanoh is a Lawyer and a politician born on February 7, 1956.
He holds a Bachelor of Law (LLB) from the University of Ghana and Master of Law degrees from the Northwestern University Law School, Chicago, USA.
In the private sector, he ha sworked as a Managing Director and Chairman of the Board of Transport and Commodity General Limited , Executive Director, Finance and Administration of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation and as Director and Board Member Ecobank Ghana Limited among others.
Mr. Tanoh was a Law Lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon in 1982 and also served as a member of the Consultative Assembly that drafted Ghana’s 1992 4th Repulican Constitution.
He pioneered the packaging and exportation of Cassava chips from West Africa to Europe in 1989.
He was a member of Ghana’s delegation to the Security Council, General Assembly and the Preparatory Commission on the law of the sea, at the United Nations from 1986 to 1989