Former Akwatia MP to contest Eastern Regional NPP Chairmanship

The former Member of Parliament for Akwatia, Mr Kinston Akomeng Kissi, has decided to contest the Eastern Regional Chairmanship position of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), to steer the affairs of the party for the next four years. Mr Kissi who spoke to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview in Koforidua on Thursday, said the current position of the NPP as a party in opposition needed a leader who would be a unifier to bring all members on board to work as a team and a family to secure victory for this party, come 2016. He said he had never turned his back on the party and was always at its service to the extent that in 2000 when nobody was prepared to contest the Akwatia seat for fear of losing, he took up the challenge contested, won and retained it in 2004. Mr Kissi, a businessman, pledged that he would devote his entire life and time, energy and attention to securing victory for the party in the region in 2016. “I want to say that NPP is the only party that can bring hope to the good people of this country’’ He expressed optimism that it was the NPP that had the propensity to solve the economic problems that the country faced, to ensure the economic well-being of the citizenry. He called for unity among the rank and file of the party adding that with unity, hard work, peace and harmony on their front, victory would be theirs come 2016. The former Akwatia MP said he had decided to offer himself as a contestant for the chairmanship position, after careful consideration of the party's position in the region. He said the Eastern Region which is considered as the stronghold of the NPP, is gradually losing that position, election after election, and added that ‘‘the party must get someone with a proven track record to work very hard with the rank and file to arrest the dwindling fortunes of the party in the region. The exuberant Kissi said he knew the political terrain of the region very well and I am the right person to prescribe solutions to solve the numerous problems confronting the party in the area. He recalled that by dint of hard work he was able to win the Akwatia seat from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in 2000. Mr Kissi said he had the political experience and temperament to make the party safe and secure in the 2016 elections in the region. He assured that he would fashion and roll out pragmatic policies and programmes to propel the party to win convincingly in the region.’’ The aspiring regional chairman appealed to the distinguished delegates to vote for him as the regional chairman of the NPP, to steer the party to victory in Election 2016. He called for unity among all the aspirant for the various positions, in order to keep the party united before during and after the elections.