Your guess could be good as mine, barely 18 days to the election many politicians are in high hopes believing that victory will be there. It is normal in every contest to be confident and hope for a gracious victory, though we may not get such an outcome all the time. It has been a few days since the passing of the founder of NDC and the former president of Ghana. In order to honor and show respect for him, most parties suspended their campaigning activities to benevolently mourn the former first gentlemen. However, in our quest to know what is going on in town, our attention caught the Madina constituency (La Nkwatanang) to sort for information.
The Madina seat is been contested by the hon. Alhaji Abu-Bakr Siddiq Boniface, the current Member of Parliament and a minister of state, and his co-contestant lawyer Francis Xavier SoSu. These are two unique individuals with their different agendas to meet the needs of the people of Madina and its environs. First, we must appreciate that the seat is a swing one and has the potential to go either way. Mr. Boniface won the seat on the ticket of the new patriotic party beating the incumbent Alhaji Sorogo of the national democratic congress. Mr. Sorogo was in a comfortable position till his defeat in 2016.
However to appreciate the likely outcome of the 2020 election, we must assess the strength and weakness of the two major contestants, there are a few other contestants s vying for the smaller parties. Alhaji Boniface who hails from Salaga in the Savanahregion had his first entry into parliament in the year 2004 as an independent candidate for the Salaga seat; he later joined the NPP and had another swap at parliament. He had occupied various ministerial positions during the Kuffour administration; he lost the Salaga seat in 2008 and fell out of both the government and parliament. He got back into parliament in 2016 by the approval of the people of Madina constituency. Alhaji Siddiq Boniface holds an MA in banking, economics and a graduate of Kofi Anan peace center with a knowledge base on conflict resolution and peace building.
Lawyer Francis Xavier Sosu whose origin can be traced to the Volta region is the aspiring Member of Parliament on the ticket of NDC for the Madina constituency. As implied, he is a trained lawyer from the University of Ghana and the Ghana school of law. He hasn’t been a well-known politician compared to his opponent but he has been named as the destiny child. The street boy adopted by an orphanage and grew up to become a lawyer/politician. He is popularly known for his stance on human rights issues and his philanthropic activities within the constituency. He has been described as helpful and meeting the needs of the people on the street since he understands their plight better.
Considering these two candidates, who have a better chance to go to parliament in 2021? Will Boniface have a second term or Sosu will pull a surprise, well we are all watching closely to see who will survive the tides or drown, then we say ayekoo to the victor
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