Mathew Silas Amoah, who is vying for the Bolgatanga East seat on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), is confident about his chances of winning the seat in the next general election. He stated that he would focus on an issue-based campaign and sell his vision to the constituents.
However, the NPP parliamentary candidate warned that if the NDC attempts to engage in vote-buying and other illegal campaign activities, he would be ready to double their expenses. He emphasised that he would not succumb to such practices but instead respond in kind if necessary.
“Whichever appropriate way that we can do to win the seat, we will do it. If it is about resources and money we will bring it. If they [NDC] are sharing two items, we will give them out in three folds. 2024, we are going to match them one on one. When they enter a particular room and come out, we will also enter there. If they give out a television anywhere, we will double by giving two television sets. It is not about votes buying but we want to let the people appreciate the value of politics”
Mr. Amoah said the incumbent MP for the area under the ticket of the NDC, Dominic Akuretinga Ayine who denied the constituents the needed development is heard donating TV sets, motorbikes, tricycles, jerseys, and football sets upon sensing how the NPP is gaining roots in the constituency.
The businessman was speaking on Sunday at the Catholic Social Center in Zuarungu when he was confirmed the parliamentary candidate of the NPP for the Bolgatanga East by popular acclamation. The popular acclamation was done by the 215 polling station executives present, 16 electoral area coordinators, 17 constituency executives, 5 Council of Elders, and 5 patrons of the constituency, under a directive by the National Council of the NPP and supervised by the Electoral Commission of Ghana.
This was after the regional vetting committee declared him the only candidate to contest the Bolgatanga East parliamentary election on the ticket of the NPP after the close of nomination on August 10, 2023. Mr. Amoah thanked the constituents especially party members for the confidence reposed in him to represent the party in the next election.
“Election is not about waiting for the last minutes to gather resources to come and give to the people. If you do that, you are buying votes. We want to do our politics in a way that the people will feel the need for change and development before they vote for us. We are fully prepared and any angle they [NDC] want to take us through, we are so much ready to match up with them because the Bolga East constituency needs that change and I think with me, we can effect that change”, he stated.
The Bolgatanga East constituency has traditionally been a stronghold of the NDC, but Amoah believes he can make significant inroads in the 2024 elections. He pledged to work tirelessly to win the hearts and minds of the constituents and contribute to the development of the area if elected. The 2024 parliamentary election in the Bolgatanga East constituency is expected to be highly contested, with Mr. Amoah and incumbent MP, Dr. Ayine gearing up for intense campaigns.
But the NPP parliamentary candidate while speaking to the media said the MP “has done a lot but the speed is reducing” and that he is the right person to lead the constituents in parliament.
The colourful acclamation exercise was attended by regional executives of the NPP led by the chairman, Lawyer Anthony Namoo, Deputy National Organizer of the NPP, Joseph Kwayaja Nganiba, former Upper East Regional Minister, Rockson Ayine Bukari, Bolgatanga East DCE, David Amoah, Karaga DCE, Iddrisu Mohammed Saani, constituency executives, past executives, youth groups, well-wishers as well as parents and spouse of Mathew Silas Amoah
Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1Mhz|Joshua Asaah|Zuarungu|Ghana