The Member of Parliament for the Lawra Constituency in the Upper West Region, Mr. Samson Abu says he will continue to campaign for President John Mahama, despite his expulsion from the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
About a fortnight ago, the executive committee of the governing NDC, issued a statement expelling all its members who have decided to run as independent parliamentary candidates against the party’s official candidates in accordance with the constitutional provisions of the party.
As a result, Mr. Abu who took a decision to run as an independent candidate against the party’s elected parliamentary candidate, Mr. Bede Ziedeng incurred the wrath of the party.
However, launching his campaign here on Saturday, Mr. Abu said he remains unperturbed with the directive and would go ahead to campaign to retain the seat as well as urge his constituents to vote for President John Mahama.
He explained that his decision was not one borne out of personal ambition but his love for his people who encouraged him to go independent.
According to Mr. Abu, he was motivated by the fact that the development agenda he had set in motion would have to be completed to the benefit of the larger majority of the people, adding that “left with me alone I wouldn’t have gone this far but the support I have from my people and I trust that they would not disappoint me”.
Mr. Abu noted that he was torn between the party’s decision to allow sleeping dogs to lie and the call by his people to go independent and as duty calls, he yielded to the request of his people.
“What we are doing today does not necessarily mean we are leaving the NDC, of course they are saying we should go but we still know we are still with the NDC and I know some years to come definitely I will roll back fully into the party,” he emphasised.
Touching on his achievements over the last four years as the Member of Parliament for his people, Mr. Abu told the large gathering of supporters that the trajectory of development under his watch must not be disrupted due to an individual’s ambition of duly becoming a member of parliament.
He explained that the development agenda he had initiated started when he was the District Chief Executive for the area and among other things he did were donating 16 desktop computers to the Lawra Senior High School and the Health Assistant Training Schools.
In addition to this, a volley ball court, the children’s ward, surgical ward and a mortuary were constructed at the district hospital, tarring of the Lawra township roads and provision of potable water for most communities in the district.
Mr. Abu said though much had been achieved under his watch as the Member of Parliament in the area, he had an unfinished business to accomplish which would require that he was given the nod once again to represent his people.
He said his second term as a member of parliament would see lots of development in addition to initiatives that would ensure that majority of the youth were gainfully engaged.
He appealed to his constituents to vote massively for him as their MP and equally for President John Dramani Mahama as the President, stressing,“Though the party says I have been expelled, I have a right as an individual to choose who becomes my president and so I will continue to campaign for him”.
This year’s elections for the Lawra Constituency has been described by many watchers as one of the most exciting one as the incumbent who is now running as an independent candidate is coming up against the New Patriotic Candidate, Mr. Anthony Abayifa Karbo who is also taking a shot at the seat for the second time and Mr. Bede Ziedeng, a former Upper West Regional Minister who is running on the ticket of the NDC.
From: Cliff Ekuful, Lawra