The Member of Parliament for Adenta constituency Yaw Buaben Asamoah has laughed off the decision by Oye Lithur, a former gender minister under the erstwhile Mahama administration to contest and unseat him in 2020.
The legislator speaking to Kwabena Agyapong on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said the election is not a popularity contest where you win because you are popular and well known.
He said Madam Lithur’s decision does not scare him in any way because as an incident MP, he believes the voters would decide based on his experience, competence and the work he has done for them.
For him, Oye Lithur would have to cross the hurdle of winning her internal party primaries before he would regard her as a candidate.
He said, “she has won her primaries yet. I don’t see her as a threat. She would have to win her primaries before I can regard her as a candidate. The parliamentary election is not a popularity contest where you expect to win because of how popular you are. Elections are won based policies and competencies. I believe I have served my constituents to the best of my ability. I always wake up every morning praying to God to give me the strength and ability to serve my people.”
The former Gender and Social Protection Minister, Nana Oye Lithur has formally declared her interest to contest in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary primaries in Adentan constituency in Accra.
The private legal practitioner made her intentions known on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.
According to her, she reached the conclusion after wide consultations with party bigwigs including former President John Mahama.
She wrote on her Facebook page about her invention saying: “Following consultations with my Mentors, Advisors, Party Executives, Constituents of Adentan and after a lot of self-reflection, I have taken a resolute decision to offer myself as a willing and able candidate for the Adentan Parliamentary Seat on the ticket of the NDC.
Today I paid a courtesy call on His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, Former President of our dear country, and my former boss to officially inform him of my intentions and to solicit his counsel.
His statement to my team and I, he welcomed my decision and acknowledged the need to elect strong, opinionated candidates who would appeal to the general electorate during the 2020 elections.
“The general elections would involve the entire voting public and not just the NDC delegates, in this regard we as a party need to be strategic in our selection of parliamentary candidates. We must also consider the strength, the character and track record of the aspirants to determine if they can emerge victorious in the general elections.”
He further stated that the overall vision of the NDC is to recapture power in 2020 and restore hope to millions of Ghanaians. However, we cannot deny the uphill task it will be to regain our majority status in Parliament. In this regard, it is essential to select the right candidates who can effectively handle the task of winning back the seats lost during the 2016 elections.
He recounted his initial dialogues with me prior to my appointment as Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection under his administration, and thanked me for my good work and relentless efforts in keeping true to the principles of social democracy.
In concluding the visit, I thanked His Excellency John Dramani Mahama and assured him that, when our Party opens nominations later this year, I will file my bid to become a Parliamentary Candidate and subsequently serve my country as a Member of Parliament for the Adentan Constituency.
God bless the NDC party, God bless our homeland Ghana and make our nation great and strong.”