Deputy Chief of Staff, Francis Asenso-Boakye, has filed his nomination to contest the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Parliamentary primary for the Bantama constituency.
He will be seeking to upstage Daniel Okyem Aboagye, the incumbent to present the party in the parliamentary elections in December.
Mr. Asenso-Boakye is hoping to be third time lucky in the impending Bantama primary having contested on two occasions and failed to make the needed impact.
In a statement he issued after filing his forms, the Deputy Chief of Staff expressed hope he has earned the trust and confidence of delegates to merit an endorsement.
He said, “It is a privilege to have yet another opportunity to be part of this important undertaking.”
“This will be the third time that I submit myself to be considered by the dutiful delegates of the constituency.”
“I do so with a humble heart and an unwavering conviction that there’s nothing more fulfilling than the honour to represent and serve you people.”
The former TESCON President noted that Bantama has been very kind to him from birth and nurtured him into becoming a person of value by instilling in him a sense of purpose and identity.
“When by good fortune I got a Rotary scholarship to study in America, I took with me the virtues of kindness, compassion and communal spirit that permeate life in Bantama. I know of no other home than Bantama.”
“As a young boy, I immersed myself in the work of the party, firstly as a foot-soldier in the constituency, then as a student activist and later the founding President of the Tertiary Institutions Confederacy of the NPP (TESCON).”
“Together with colleagues like John Krugu, Sefa Dwamena and Steve Amoah, we led a massive drive to mobilize over 2000 tertiary students in the Ashanti region who served as polling agents in the three Northern regions during the 2000 elections, a feat unparalleled in the history of student mobilization.”
“I’m proud to see how TESCON has become; a vibrant and dynamic students arm of our party.”
“Aside TESCON, I also had the honour to serve as a youth organizer for the then North America branch of the party,” he narrated.
He expressed confidence that his dedication to duty and commitment to the party endeared him to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to appoint him his political assistant.
According to him, the appointment as Deputy Chief of Staff has affirmed him as a person of tact, good judgment and discretion.
The position with its heavy responsibilities, he said, has enhanced his capacity and prepared him to adequately serve the people of Bantama both as a legislator and an agent of development.
He said, “I hope to discharge my duties diligently if and when given the nod.”
“In this regard, I intend to continue the dialogue I started some few years ago with party functionaries and voters in the constituency about priority challenges that we can collectively tackle.”