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Politics of Friday, 1 May 2015


Lawyer Mercer shakes Sekondi NPP

The forecourt of the Sekondi constituency office of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) was turned into a mini rally ground on Wednesday when one of the aspiring Members of Parliament (MPs) for the area, Andrew Egyapa Mercer, went to file his nomination forms.

Mr Mercer, a legal practitioner and native of Sekondi in the Western Region, accompanied by dozens of his supporters, were at the NPP constituency office at Komfo Ase in Sekondi at about 3:30 pm to file his papers to officially contest the parliamentary primaries on the ticket of the party.

Before the filing, Mr. Mercer and his supporters embarked on a brief procession through the streets of Sekondi amid drumming and dancing and later converged at the Sekondi constituency office of the party.

Speaking to journalists later, the aspiring MP noted that Ghana deserves a government that would secure the future of the country. “And that government can only be an NPP government led by Nana Akufo-Addo,” he said.

He told the teeming supporters that his campaign was about making Sekondi a better place to live and work adding, “Sekondi needs to be renewed and reborn.”

He therefore appealed to the party’s delegates in the constituency to give him the opportunity to lead the party in the 2016 general elections to contribute to the development of Sekondi and Ghana.

While praising the current MP for Sekondi, Papa Owusu Ankomah, for the great works he had done for the people, Lawyer Mercer mentioned that there was the need to revive industries that created jobs for the youth.

“Our educational infrastructure needs revamping and retooling; our health facilities require massive injection of funds to meet the health needs of the people,” he indicated, adding that “All these and more will be at the forefront of my service to the people of Sekondi as I intend to advocate strongly on behalf of this town for a proportionate share of the national cake during the next NPP government.”

Mr. Mercer told the excited supporters that the economic woes that the NDC government, led by President John Mahama, had plunged the country into were legendary and unprecedented.

Receiving the nomination papers, the constituency chairman expressed the hope that the upcoming contest would be devoid of insults and acrimony.

Two other aspirants, Sampson Nimako Darko and Kingsful K. Acquah, who picked nomination forms, were yet to file them.