An aspiring New Patriotic Party (NPP) Second Vice Chairman for the Awutu Senya East constituency in the Central Region, Francis Ampem-Darko Botwey, has pledged to work tirelessly to help the constituency and party members put aside their parochial interests, and look at the larger interests of the NPP.
This, he believes, “will work for the advancement of the party to retain power in 2024”.
According to him, there is an urgent need for Awutu Senya East NPP to focus on building loyalty into its re-organisational strategies in the bid to maintain power in the 2024 general elections and beyond.
Speaking in an interview with the Daily Statesman yesterday, the aspirant said he is committed to applying his repertoire of experience to help steer the affairs of the party in the right direction for victory in 2024 and beyond.
“From 1992, I have been working tirelessly for the party, not only in Kasoa…because it’s even my last destination that I have moved to. From Cape Coast, Ablekumna North through to the regional office of the NPP… and now I’m working at the NPP headquarters as the Special Assistant to the General Secretary.
“When I look at the party’s structures in Awutu Senya East, what I see is that it lacks experience, organisational experience. Everything is evolving around the MP for the constituency, Mavis Hawa Koomson. But the constituency executives themselves have no true political understanding regarding the dynamics of the upcoming 2024 general elections in line with the party’s resolve to ‘break the eight,” he said.
To this end, he assured the constituency of his readiness and commitment to use his varied experience to help salvage the situation, pledging his loyalty and readiness to support the NPP.
“I’ve been in almost every part of this country working for the NPP… I have involved myself in every by-election, as well as actively participated in numerous research undertakings of the party… So, I know the nitty-gritties of the party and how best to position the party for victory in the constituency,” he added.
He said, in 2016, when he moved to Awutu Senya East, he was part of the research, security and communication team to contribute to the success story of the party.
In addition, he cited the wealth of experience that he has tapped from the likes of Dan Botwe and the late Obetsebi Lamptey in designing modules that made the party stand tall during previous elections.
“I will capitalise on every single opportunity to re-strategise and engage the grassroots in preparations for the battle ahead because we dare not lose,” he indicated.
Breaking the 8
The NPP Second Vice Chairman hopeful believes Ghanaians are looking for a party that is capable of carrying their dreams and aspirations, and the NPP must put itself forward as the best option. He stressed that the ‘breaking the 8’ agenda of the party will only become a reality through loyalty, unity and discipline to the cause of the party.
“We cannot break the 8 with a divided front in the constituency. Because most of the constituency executives owe allegiance to specific individuals, division has persisted in the constituency, affecting the party. I’m determined to build a leadership to create a mediation and reconciliation platform to pour oil on troubled waters in readiness for the 2024 presidential and parliamentary polls,” he assured
He, therefore, called on party members in the constituency and all party sympathisers to rally behind his candidature.
“Delegates should give the nod to me as the 2nd Vice Chairman for the Awutu Senya East constituency to select a team that cannot be manipulated to move the constituency from strength to strength. Vote for no discrimination, loyalty, competence, service, inclusiveness in the upcoming polls. I will use the best modules and strategies to help the party achieve momentum…, and help break the eight-year term that has existed for some time in our democratic history,” Mr Ampem-Darko Botwey appealed.