By Alex Boye
Dr. Prince Hamid Armah, the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP’s) candidate for the parliamentary elections in Kwesimintsim Constituency, from all indications, is headed for victory in the December 7 elections.
The Kwesimintsim seat has traditionally been an NPP seat and this year will be no different. In fact, the personality and popularity of the candidate in the constituency is likely to lead to an increase in the vote share for the party in the constituency.
Voters that this reporter spoke to during a visit to the constituency were near-unanimous in praise for Dr. Armah, who is currently the Director General of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NACCA).
The electorates praised his work at the agency, saying it was a proof that he would make a competent and eloquent representative for the constituency. Others mentioned the assistance he has extended to many young men and women in the constituency in the areas of education and jobs.
Ms. Regina Obeng, a resident in the constituency said she was going to vote for Dr Armah and the NPP along with her entire family. She said the NPP’s introduction of programmes such as the Free Senior High School Policy, Nation Builders’ Corp, One District One Factory, among others shows that it is serious about tackling the country’s problems and finding lasting solutions.
Ms. Obeng said she and her family had previously voted for the opposition National Democratic Congress but this year would wholeheartedly endorse President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Dr Prince Armah at the polls.
“The NDC has nothing good to offer Kwesimintsim so we won’t vote for them again,” she declared.
Recently, nearly a hundred NDC supporters also defected to the NPP, citing the leadership that the president and parliamentary candidate. The public recanting of support for the party touched off a series of defections that is said to be causing headaches for the NDC at the highest levels. While the NDC has little hope of winning the seat, the party is concerned that the further loss of support in the constituency bodes ill for its national aspirations.
In a chat with Nana Asante Kojo II, Chief of Assakae, he revealed that Dr. Armah’s actions show clearly that he is not only a man of vision but one with the ability to see his good plans through.
“Unlike most politicians who wait until they are elected before they can put their plans into action, Dr Armah has, even before his election, undertaken various initiatives in the constituency for the benefit of individuals and the constituency as a whole,” Nana Asante Kojo II explained.
The traditional authority further indicated that the NPP candidate has done even more than some elected MPs are able to do.
The traditional leaders singled out Dr. Armah’s assistance in the evacuation of a refuse dump in Assakae that had posed a serious health hazard for over two decades. Nana Asante Kojo said his repeated appeals to the authorities had not yielded the needed results until Dr Armah intervened and ensured that the problem was finally solved.
Also cited by some constituents was the work of the Dr Prince H. Armah Foundation, the eponymous charitable institution founded by the parliamentary candidate. For years, the foundation has lent a helping hand to individuals and communities in the constituency. It has given scholarships, educational materials including books and mathematical sets to students and played the role of lead sponsor in the 2019 Kundum celebrations.
The foundation recently organized a week-long vocational training session in the constituency where mostly young women acquired skills in cosmetology, haberdashery, baking and bead making among others.
While encouraged by the views of constituents, Dr Armah in an interview with this paper thanked the constituents for the confidence reposted in him, adding that he would never disappoint them when elected as their member of parliament in the elections.
He also said he was not going to be complacent and pledged to compete for every single vote up for grabs in the election. “We are campaigning very hard and we want every voter to hear our message before they vote.” he added.
He also promised of bringing every personality, including opposition supporters on board to work together to address the problems in the constituency.
“Our opponents are not each other but the problems we face, my vision for the constituency centres on education and skills training, investment into entrepreneurship and job creation and improvements to infrastructure and social service delivery” Dr. Armah disclosed.
Dr Prince Armah’s main contender in the elections representing the NDC is Mr. Philip Buckman, a local lawyer who has previously contested the same seat on the ticket of Convention People’s Party and another time as an independent candidate.