Candidates of various political parties are adopting a variety of strategies in this year’s general election with some using expensive Toyota Land Cruisers and unlimited cash to woo voters ahead of the December 7 polls.
But the New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary candidate for Ablekuma South in the Greater Accra Region, Lawyer Jerry Ahmed Shaib has opted for a unique approach to his campaign, keep it simple and down to earth.
Jerry is using for his campaign; a relic mommy truck that represented public transport in the 1970’s popularly known as the ‘boneshaker,’ which he christened The residents of Chorkor and Mamprobi still relish the use of the vehicle for their business and social events.
This has made Jerry the darling boy of the electorate and he is said to be attracting votes with his ‘Chorkor Tundra’ in Chorkor and other Ga communities in the constituency.
The residents say they are happy to have a ‘home boy’ who respects and keeps the tradition of the people alive.
However, Jerry is facing the Mayor of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Alfred Oko Vanderpuije of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) for the Ablekuma South seat.
The Major is said to be financially endowed and so money may not be a problem for him in oiling his campaign machinery towards the December polls.
An NPP lady embracing Jerry Ahmed Acknowledging this on Saturday November 12 at a mini-rally in Mamprobi, an electoral area in the constituency, Jerry reminded the electorate to be mindful of the candidate they vote for to represent them in Parliament in the upcoming elections.
He entreated them to ignore monetary enticements and vote for someone they can reach and approach with ease after the elections. According to him, monies shared to induce people for votes, will be short-lived as electorate may not see such money-distributing candidates after the pools.
Jerry urged them to vote for him because he will actualize his vision, which will go a long way to benefit every constituent, irrespective of their party affiliation.
Even before he gets to Parliament, the NPP candidate has set up the ‘Jerry Power Educational Scheme,’ where fees are provided for brilliant but needy government tertiary students in the constituency and beyond. The Mamprobi rally climaxed activities of a pro-NPP group, Professional Patriots of Ghana (PPG) whose members were in the Ablekuma South for a voter education outreach.
Members of Professional Patriots of Ghana The group educated residents of the constituency on the position of NPP flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the party’s parliamentary candidate on the ballot paper. Over 2,000 NPP paraphernalia comprising party T-shirts and scarves were distributed to increase the party’s visibility in the Constituency.
Executive Director of the group, Fatimatu Abubakar, said the party will leave no stone unturned to get NPP into power.
“We want Ghanaians to know that the safest person to ensure job security and prosperity in Ghana is Akufo-Addo. He is incorruptible and has a high sense of integrity compared to his opponents,” she said.