Parliamentary candidate for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Ayensuano constituency of the Eastern Region, Ida Adjoa Asiedu, has assured members of the party that all efforts would be mobilized to win back the seat from the National Democratic Congress.
According to Ms. Asiedu, even though the NPP lost the seat in 2020, the people in the area are still committed to the party and are only looking for hope and assurances from the NPP to return home.
Speaking to the Daily Statesman, she indicated that it is in light of the need for reassurance that she has committed to the developmental needs of the area.
She said she had already reshaped some roads in the area that were in a deplorable state and also assisted some constituents with resources to improve their private businesses and lives.
Ms. Asiedu added that to improve the local economy in the area, she is constructing a shoe factory that would offer about 300 direct jobs and 500 indirect jobs to the people. The rippling effect of the factory in the area is positively impacting the local economy, leading to the financial independence of the people.
The 40-year-old businesswoman urged the people to reconsider returning to NPP as the party has their needs at heart. She indicated that though the work ahead would be a difficult one, with unity within the party, they can recapture the seat with ease.
The NPP lost the parliamentary votes marginally to the NDC in the 2020 general election. While President Akufo-Addo, the NPP Presidential candidate, won massively with 58.50 per cent against the NDC’s John Mahama, who had 40.39 per cent, the NPP’s parliamentary candidate, Ayeh-Paye Samuel, had 46.71 per cent, losing to the NDC’s Teddy Addy, who had 46.71.
The vote difference between the two parliamentary candidates was 241, while the vote difference between President Akufo-Addo and former President Mahama was 7,092, suggesting strong support for the NPP in the area.
An independent parliamentary candidate, Abrokwa Aboagye Sintim, polled 2,182 votes representing 5.37 per cent, presumably coming from the NPP votes. Ms. Asiedu believes winning back the seat is thus within reach.