The Assin Fosu township was turned upside down on Wednesday as Hon. Ken Ohene Agyapong arrived there with his listening tour campaign.
The mammoth crowd who gathered there to welcome him could not hide their excitement and joy, as the vehicles carrying him and his entourage pulled up from the outskirts of the town.
The young, old, men and women were seen tumbling over each other just to catch a glimpse of the man who has been Christened as the Straight-talking one.
For many, he is seen as the voice for the voiceless and the hope for the hopeless. It took the local security men deployed there a hectic time to bring the tumultuous crowd under control.
Straight-talking Ken, who is also the Member of Parliament for Assin Central Constituency, was there to listen to concerns of members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), and to inform them of his intention to contest for the party’s flagbearership when nominations are opened.
Over the last two months, Mr Agyapong has been embarking on a listening tour across the country as part of his preparedness to contest for his party’s slot for the presidency.
As part of his tour, Ken is made to listen to issues pertaining to various constituencies and regions about the NPP and to know how best those issues could be addressed.
Even though the plan itinerary was for Assin Fosu from Accra, he was forced to stop and interact with a number of party faithfuls and others who had lined up on the streets of adjoining communities leading into Assin Fosu.
At some point of the journey, Straight-talking Ken had to come out of the rooftop of his vehicle to wave at the yearning crowd who had gathered along the streets of the principal communities leading to the constituency.
Hon. Agyapong told the tumultuous crowd who had gathered at Assin that he had visited many constituencies in the country and the concerns he had received, so far, indicated that he had to come in to rescue the situation.
The straight-talking Ken, therefore, used the occasion to re-echo that, when the NPP opens nominations for the presidential primaries, he would pick forms to contest the opposition.
He stated unequivocally that there was no way he would do the bidding of someone and that he was not backing down on his decision.
He assured the people that his primary motive for contesting for the youth and women of this country, assuring that “he has a blueprint, that was going to empower the youth to realise their potentials”.
This, he explained, would be done through massive job creation when the party gives him the mandate to lead it into the 2024 general elections.