NPP MP, independent candidate spar on ‘News @ 10’, NDC candidate chickens out

Parliamentary candidates of Okaikoi North Constituency had a go at each other on TV 3’s late night news broadcast programme, News @ 10, on Monday, October 22, 2012.

The incumbent Member of Parliament, Elizabeth Sackey of the New Patriotic Party, and independent candidate Andrew Nii Okaikoi debated over the state of the constituency.

The NDC candidate, Abdul Abass Nasiru,however, failed to turn up for the programme though he sent a spokesperson to deputise for him.

According to the pretender to the seat, Nii Okaikoi, the Okaikoi North Constituency with its major towns like Achimota and Tesano should have been a model constituency by now.

He claims that that vision has been abandoned by Elizabeth Sackey to the extent that even the National Assessment Centre, which is situated within the constituency, has been left ‘in a deplorable state’.

Andy Okaikoi also claimed that the Centre saw a glimmer of light after he persistently lobbied national authorities to get it back on track.

Madam Sackey sharply countered Okaikoi’s claims pointing out that the independent candidate is not permanently resident in the constituency and so may not be privy to the ‘numerous’ projects ongoing.

She claims her strength lies in lobbying and that has enormously helped in the upgrading of the Achimota Clinic, for instance, into a hospital with a maternity block.

“I invited all the security institutions to talk to the youth and requested that those who were interested in the NYEP module on health be admitted to practice at the Achimota Hospital,” she pointed out.

‘Independent or not independent’

Hon. Sackey further said that Mr. Okaikoi has only been lectured on a few fissures within the constituency and he is taking advantage of that to challenge her.

According to Hon Sackey, who was first elected MP in 2004, Nii Okaikoi should not brush aside the difficulty in being a Member of Parliament and that if he was not able to solve disagreements within his party over his candidature, how could he solve problems in the constituency?

Mr. Okaikoi was elected parliamentary candidate of the NDC in the erstwhile Okaikoi Constituency but after it was split into North and South Okaikoi as a result of the CI 78, he chose to represent the former, but was controversially replaced by Abdul Abass Nasiru in what he describes as a ‘collusion’ against him.

Hon. Sackey later in the programme vowed never to go independent even if her party asks her to step aside for a different candidate simply because of the love she has for NPP and its presidential candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

‘News @ 10’ airs from Monday to Thursday between 10:00pm and 11:00pm each day and it is hosted by ace broadcast journalist Bright Nana Amfoh.

 Source: Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

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