The NPP parliamentary primaries is sure going to be very absorbing and action-packed come this April.
One constituency of keen interest that promises fireworks will be Assin Central in the Central Region, as one Eric Kwadwo Baidoo, an indigene of the area, has vowed to unseat the incumbent and longest-serving MP of the area, Kennedy Agyapong.
He has picked and filed his nomination form to contest for the forthcoming parliamentary primaries in the area.
Mr. Eric Kwadwo Baidoo has promised mouthwatering projects in the constituency when given the nod to represent the people of Assin Central in parliament.
He [Eric Kwadwo Baidoo] is said to be already causing ‘fear and panic’ as many in the constituency believe he can dethrone the outspoken Kennedy Agyapong who has never really had a dogged contest over the years during the party’s primaries.
Even before the contest begins, there are reports of attempts to curtail Mr Baidoo’s ambition as plans are afoot to frustrate his dreams of becoming an MP.
This has led to demonstrations in the constituency by some elements – alleged to be orchestrated by the aspirant – dead set against Kennedy Agyapong who they claim must allow a fair contest in the upcoming primaries.
Speaking on the issue on NEAT FM’s morning show ‘Ghana Montie’, Mr. Eric Kwadwo Baidoo strongly denied hiring the youth to protest.
He told host Kwesi Aboagye that “I am not aware of the demonstration and did not hire anyone to demonstrate against on my behalf.”
According to him, “Nothing can stop me from contesting the primaries because I am well known in the constituency, I vote here all the time and very active in constituency events over the years.”
Well, so far, he sounds very optimistic of causing an upset by winning the primaries, but only time will tell.
About Mr. Eric Kwadwo Baidoo
Mr Baidoo holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from KNUST and a Master of Business (MBA) degree in Finance and Accounting from Howard University in Washington DC. which is categorised among “R2: Doctoral Universities in the USA. Currently he is working on a second Master’s degree at Harvard University in Strategic Management and International Business. His professional experience has had him overseeing multiple manufacturing operations in Asia, Europe and America.
In an exclusive interview with Gncnews.com, My Baidoo stated that his background in Engineering and Manufacturing as well as Senior Management, positions him as the best candidate to help develop the area through industrialization. He came back home to find his friends and loved ones he grew up with who did not have the privilege of living outside Assin community asking for hand downs to put food on the table for themselves and their families which he found unacceptable. “In that, if I had not left Assin, I probably would have been in the same muddle as my brothers and sisters I left behind and asking for hand downs.”
He further asserted that Assin Central community is a dignified one who would want to go out and earn a decent living wage for themselves, proudly go home to the satisfaction of themselves and their families after a hard day’s work rather than ask for hand downs due to the high rate of unemployment. “Assin doesn’t need hand downs, they need a helping hand up for them to stand on their own two feet. it should not be a curse to live in Assin Central, it is not right, it is not ok, It is better to teach each other how to fish, rather than feed fish”, he said.
As such he would want to offer himself to represent Assin Central as their Parliamentary Candidate to serve the Assin community with dignity and respect and help improve their living standards by breaking barriers and bureaucracies and bring developmental projects to the area. He called on all NPP delegates to embrace not only his manifesto but also listen to all other candidates and make an informed decision and choose the best candidate to represent them.
“I just need an opportunity to be endorsed by the delegates. Assin Fosu is a huge Municipality blessed with varied resources to spark the needed growth and development. We have, palm fruits, cocoa, and many others we can make it happen,” he assured.
The parliamentary aspirant urged party delegates to see him as the light for the people of Assin Central and vote for him to change the situation and circumstances of the people.
“Vote for a visionary leader capable of transforming the lives of the people to improve their standards of living. A vote for me I will ensure that the NPP’s votes will shore up because we are going to work so hard that people from other political parties would defect to our party,” he promised.
In the interim, Mr Baidoo has embarked on the project to keep Assin clean by distributing trash bins and other sanitation equipment to the good people of the constituency as well as providing training on entrepreneurial skills etc. as his social responsibility.
Mr. Kenedy Kwamena Agyapong is the incumbent member of parliament for the area. It is recalled that Mr Agyapong has vowed over and over again that he is not going to contest again for the Assin central seat. He however, picked a nomination at the eleventh hour and has successfully Submitted, making him a contender to Mr. Eric Baidoo when one Joseph Aninkorah Kutin later stepped down after picking a nomination papers with the basis that party executives has adviced him to step down.