The Akatsi South Constituency of the Volta Region formerly held by the current Speaker of Parliament Hon. Doe Adjaho was thrown into a state of tension when some police details stormed a rally organized by Prince Kassim in a bid to intimidate chiefs who graced the occasion.
The Republic newspaper can confirm that the team of policemen who came to the rally of Prince Kassim on Wednesday and started taking down names of chiefs present at the rally and started disrupting proceedings at the rally.
The police interference angered the youth whose agitation drove off the policemen. It is unclear their motive, but this paper can confirm that some powerful individuals are trying to frustrate the bid of Prince Kassim who is vying for the Akatsi South MP seat. He is being tipped to unseat the incumbent MP Bernard Ahiafor, who is alleged to be strongly backed by the current Speaker of Parliament.
But Prince Kassim has stated that he is unperturbed by the power brokers trying to frustrate his bid. He insists he is in the race to serve the interest of the constituency and wants to represent the vision of President Mahama for the constituency.
Hon. Ahiafor is said to have lost favour, particularly with the youth of the constituency who content that Bernard Ahiafor’s tenure has dogged them with joblessness and a lack of social infrastructure to empower them.
This paper can confirm that the youth of the area are rallying around Prince Kassim whom they regard as the face of hope for the deprived constituency despite its fast pace towards becoming a cosmopolitan area.
Prince Kassim who contested recently for the National Youth Organiser of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) says no amount of intimidation would stop him from seizing the seat from Hon. Ahiafor during the ruling party’s parliamentary and presidential primaries on Saturday.
The exhibition of support for Prince Kassim during his rally on Wednesday made it obvious how much the incumbent who took over from the third most powerful man in Ghana (Hon. Adjaho) has fallen out with his constituency.
Hon. Ahiafor rose to the seat in Akatsi South after it became vacant following Hon. Adjaho’s appointment as the Speaker of Parliament.
Source: The Republic