Dome-Kwabenya Constituency is not a dynasty – NDC parliamentary candidate on why Mike Oquaye Jnr should be rejected

Elikplim Akurugu

The NDC parliamentary candidate for the Dome-Kwabenya Constituency, Elikplim Akurugu says she is in for the win this time.

Madam Akurugu contested the current MP for Dome-Kwabenya, Sarah Adwoa Safo in the 2020 elections and was able to poll 52,262 votes from 29,392 votes that the NDC candidate, Nurudeen Mohammed had in the 2016 elections.

In an interview with TV3, Madam Elikplim Akurugu says she has been working hard in the constituency and hopes she is given the nod in December.

“I was able to take the votes from 29,000 where my predecessor had it, to over 52,000. I have already been there, I have been well marketed, I have started with my community engagement with the constituents I believe my chances are very bright’’.

The NDC candidate noted that the Dome-Kwabenya Constituency is not a dynasty.

“Dome-Kwabenya is not a dynasty where a father will come and the next one has to bring his son in. He’s leveraging on his father’s name, but when it comes to what the father has done in Dome-Kwabenya there is nothing written about him, so he coming and leveraging on the father’s name would not change anything,” she asserted.

Mrs. Akurugu says she started her community engagement in the constituency since last year, by going house to house to listen to the concerns and to better understand the needs of the people.

She hopes to lobby for developmental projects in the constituency, including the Dome Market phase two when voted for.

‘’When you look at Dome market where under the NDC we had started that project, the phase one has been done and we were looking up to this government to come and give them the phase two. So, I am going to lobby for the phase two to be done for them where after its completion we will have a clinic, a day care center, a place of convenience for the market women,’’ the MP aspirant promised.

She expressed the desire to also help the youth, particularly the artisans in the constituency.

“We know that a lot of the youth who are done with school and are learning trade, especially the mechanics they cannot ply their work well because anytime they are somewhere they move them. So, I am going to lobby and fight for an industrial park where they can be permanently seated just like we have Kumasi magazine’’.

The Dome-Kwabenya Constituency, with 172,000 voters as of 2020, is the largest in the country, occupied by former Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye until 2013 when Adwoa Safo took over.