Twenty-six (26) out of the thirty-one New Patriotic Party (NPP) Electoral Area Coordinators in the Kwabre East Constituency of the Ashanti Region have declared their unflinching support for a second term for the sitting Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Francisca Oteng Mensah.
The announcement comes ahead of the NPP’s parliamentary primaries in April.
Maame Serwaah as the youngest MP is known and called recorded the highest number of votes in the Parliamentary race for the NPP in the 2016 elections.
She has been touted as one of the few MPs in the region who has championed development in her constituency ever since she was sworn in as MP.
“The kind of leadership that Hon. Francisca Oteng Mensah is exhibiting in the constituency is one of humility, selflessness, representative and sensitive with the necessary competence to deliver the needful; her level of intelligence, coupled with her burning desire to empower the youth and women is a great testimony to the fact that, she again becomes the face of the Kwabre East Constituency in Parliament”, a press statement issued by the party executives read in part.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Coordinator for the Aboaso Electoral Area, Kofi Abotare Dwomoh said, “it is for these reasons that we the 26 Electoral Area Coordinators present the Hon. Francisca Oteng Mensah a.k.a Maame Serwaa the ‘People’s Person’, and humbly appeal to the entire delegates to rally behind her in her second coming”.
The group enumerated among other reasons, “her support and contribution to the Kwabre East Municipality, in terms of education, health, water and road infrastructure, her support and contribution to the Kwabre East NPP and delegates, in terms of the provision of a two-storey office complex, the provision of vehicles and other logistics that helped in securing for the party, the highest number of votes in the 2016 general elections in the whole of Ghana”, a feat they say has been “unprecedented” by any of the former MPs.
Francisca Oteng Mensah, who is Ghana’s youngest Member of Parliament and Board Chair of the National Youth Authority (NYA) has become the toast of the NPP at the high level and has even caught the eye of the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.
It may be recalled that Mynewsgh.com reported in October 2019 that, the President, Nana Akufo-Addo had hinted that, Ghana’s youngest Member of Parliament (MP), Hon. Francisca Oteng Mensah would be made to stand unopposed in the upcoming parliamentary primaries of the ruling NPP.
The President made the pronouncement when he addressed a durbar of the chiefs and people of the Kwabre East Municipality of the Ashanti region at the palace of Mampontenghene, Barima Saasi Ayeboafo II on Thursday, October 10, 2019.
His recommendation followed an appeal by the Mampontenghene for him to adopt the twenty-six-year-old legislator as his own daughter, in his concluding remarks in his address to President Akufo Addo and his entourage.
The President had paid a courtesy call on the Mampontenghene and the other chiefs and people of the Kwabre East Municipality; he also cut the sod for the construction of 5.5 km of Mamponteng town roads.
In his response, President Akufo Addo told the thousands of people and chiefs gathered at the function that, he would personally make sure The Kwabre East MP appears on the ballot paper once again in the 2020 parliamentary elections and go on to elevate her if his government wins a second term.
The NPP opened nominations for its presidential and parliamentary candidacies for the 2020 general elections a fortnight ago, but Hon. Francisca Oteng Mensah has yet to pick a form to contest for a second term, despite the clamouring by the rank and file of the party in her constituency.
She would be picking her forms in the coming week; It is, however, unlikely that anybody would muster the courage and emerge to contest her if she decides to go again.
As at the time of filing this story, no aspirant had picked forms to contest for the Kwabre East candidacy.