Member of Parliament (MP) for Binduri Constituency, Abdulai Abanga, has said he was surprised when he learnt that he was the only New Patriotic Party (NPP) Parliamentary Candidate in the Upper East Region who won in the 2020 election.
According to a report by the Ghana News Agency monitored by A1Radioonline.com, Mr. Abanga said “In the seventh Parliament we had Navrongo Central, Bawku West and Tempane Constituencies but in this eighth Parliament the table has turned down.”
While admitting he had a difficult task ahead of him, the Chartered Accountant by profession noted that “For now I am more or less representing the people of Upper East on the side of Government, as the other MPs from other constituencies are coming from the National Democratic Congress (NDC). So on the government side I will have to represent the entire Region because my Party is in government and that decision are made in parliament, and also decision are made by government in terms of development, so I will have to be the mouthpiece to the people of Upper East in the NPP.”
He continued that “It’s not going to be easy as the only NPP MP for the Region. I also have to try as much as possible to visit various places so that I can be appraised with what is happing there and then I can speak for them if I have to speak for them.”
Mr. Abanga who served as a Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) under former President John Akyegum Kufour in 2008 also assured of having a cordial relationship with the National Democratic Congress (NDC) MPs from the Upper East Region.
“There is no doubt that I have a good relationship with the other MPs even though they come from other Party. And I know all of them are people who are interested in development for their communities- so working together with those MPs I am sure that together we will push for the development of the Region.” He said.