The disgruntled Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ningo-Prampram Constituency, Enoch Teye Mensah, almost marred the campaign launch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate for the area, Samuel George Nartey, by refusing to attend the event.Although the campaign launch attracted party supporters from Ashaiman, Sege, Ada and Accra, the absence of the incumbent MP – who appears to be at loggerheads with Sam George – left room for people to complain about a number of issues.
Speakers, including Sam George himself, tried to portray a united front when they took turns to address the crowd, but the absence of the long-serving MP created a lot of doubts.
Mr ET Mensah, who was deposed by Sam George in last year’s parliamentary primary of the NDC, had variously described Sam George in various terms and had vowed not to do anything with him hence, his conspicuous absence.
Enthusiastic party members and residents thronged the V Club at Prampram with intent to catch a glimpse of President John Dramani Mahama who was supposed to grace the launch, but was conspicuously missing.
Sources close to E.T Mensah indicated that an invitation was sent to him but he had decided to stay away from any political activity involving Sam George.
However, Mr Sam George was of the view that he has a cordial relationship with his former boss. “E.T. [Mensah] only contested me in the primary to see if I had learnt well all the things he taught me. He realised I was a good student after I won the party’s primary. And I know he is proud of me,” he underscored.
Felix Kwakye Ofosu, Deputy Minister of Communications, mentioned that the constituency would remain one of the strongholds of the NDC and so the electorate should vote for Sam George and forget about any rumour of misunderstanding or disunity.