Ghana’s High Commissioner to the UK and Ireland, Emmanuel Victor Smith, has been affirmed as the National Democratic Congress (NDC)’s parliamentary candidate for the Abuakwa North Constituency.
He emerged as the sole nominee after the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of East Akim, Simon Peter Asirifi, pulled out during the Vetting Committee Meeting. Victor Smith picked up nomination forms to contest the seat in July after initially expressing a desire to represent the Eastern regional constituency in the House.
Mr. Smith contested the seat back in 2012 but lost out to the New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s J.B. Danquah-Adu, who is now deceased. He rekindled his interest following the resignation of the NDC’s nominee for the constituency Anthony Gyimah.
Smith optimistic of victory in NPP stronghold
Victor Smith expressed optimism about the NDC’s chances of claiming the seat in what has traditionally been an NPP stronghold.
He espoused confidence in developmental projects he has undertaken in the constituency, projects he said will encourage electorates to make him their MP.
“I can tell that I think have a 60 to 70 percent chance of winning that set as of today but I can tell you that as time goes on, the people of Abuakwa North will give me the mandate because of what I have done for that constituency in the last five years.”
“I have lobbied and I have solicited for development of various kinds from road constructions, we are building a hospital in the constituency for the first time in the Kukurantumi area, a community hospital that will serve the whole area,” he noted.