The immediate past former General Secretary of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, has questioned the marketability of the 23-year-old parliamentary aspirant of the party for the Kwabre East Constituency, Francisca Oteng-Mensah.
In an interview on Monday morning interview with Kasapa FM, Mr. Afriyie, also known as “Sir John” took Ms. Oteng-Mensa and a host of others to the cleaners, alleging the delegates who voted for her were largely influenced with money.
He decried the alleged act, saying it would do very little to her campaign.
“Sir John” claimed the young lady was novice who would need help in appealing to the larger populace.
“We will have to train her. She is a novice. We will have to help her even in terms of taking her round to the chiefs and opinion leaders and all that.”
Oteng-Mensah won Saturday’s NPP parliamentary primary with some 331 votes, beating the incumbent Member of Paliament, Kofi Frempong who had 189 votes. The other contestant Adjei Sefa had 33 votes.
With parliamentary seat in the Ashanti Region known to be safe for the NPP, she could be the youngest person to enter Ghana’s Six Parliament in the Fourth Republic and would break the current record of Dominic Niti
wul, who entered the august House at age 25.The NPP went to the polls to elect parliamentary candidates in 245 constituencies for the 2016 elections.
But Ms. Oteng-Mensah has hit her critics, saying she is cut for the job.
The level 200 student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
said she is ready for the mission ahead.
“It’s not just about me, it’s going to be all of us, we are all going to work together to see how best we can improve Kwabre East, so as for experience I am asking people to put that aside”.
Oteng-Mensah added that she was considering deferring her education at KNUST or combining it with her parliamentary duties if she elected into the House.