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Politics of Tuesday, 13 October 2015


Let’s avoid insults in politics – Obuobia

Obuobia Darko-Opoku Obuobia Darko-Opoku

An aspiring parliamentary candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Weija-Gbawe constituency, Obuobia Darko-Opoku, has urged her supporters to wage a clean campaign devoid of insults and personality attacks.

The parliamentary hopeful was speaking during the launch of her campaign to hit the ground running ahead of the November 7 Primaries of the Party at Mallam - a day after she was vetted and cleared by the Greater Accra regional vetting committee.

Speaking at the event, Obuobia, who was the 2012 parliamentary candidate of the party noted that “we owe it to our people not to destroy what brings us together in pursuit of our selfish interest. The NDC party remains bigger than each one of us and all our actions must be in the interest of the great NDC.”

She added: “I am confident that through mutual respect, understanding and sincerity, we will jointly initiate new opportunities that will promote peace, stability, development and progress for the benefit of all. As social democrats, we must let love lead in all we do. Let us therefore eschew the politics of character assassination and insults in the upcoming elections.”

Darko-Opoku further stressed that even though she did not win the 2012 Parliamentary elections, she has been on the ground working assiduously to bring development to the constituency.

She, however, highlighted some of her achievements in the constituency.

Education, according to her, serves as a foundation for every society and thus, she considers it as a priority as far as the constituency is concerned.

“I have demonstrated this commitment through the facilitation of the construction of the Weija Presby JHS school building, the Maths set project and scholarships to some brilliant but needy students in the constituency.”

She has also helped with the construction of a fence wall for the Aggrey School at Tetegu. Darko-Opoku also realised that there are a lot more schools that need support, be it infrastructure, learning materials among others.

“These projects we can accomplish together while we lobby central government to consider Weija-Gbawe for a chip compound,” she opined.

She added: “Over the past four years, we have confronted these challenges together, we worked to improve access to education for the young people, constructed bridges for communities, graded roads to make most of our communities accessible. We also worked to increase the number of people in the Weija-Gbawe constituency on the National Health Insurance Scheme and supported our disabled friends who need help.

“We provided water to communities which have not had access to potable water since their existence and street lights to ensure visibility during the night.”

Road networks in the area had before the NDC government coming into power been left in a deplorable state, she noted.

“I have stayed in this community and have traversed the length and breadth of this constituency. The roads to my house are no exception, it is unacceptable for our people to continue to travel for 5-kilometre distances in hours instead of minutes. It’s unacceptable for our working brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers to continue to spend more hours in traffic than their work places. I will work to put our roads in a better shape.”

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