Dr Sebastian Sandaare, Member of Parliament for Daffiama/Bussie/Issa (DBI) has stated that going unopposed in the recent parliamentary primaries of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is a challenge to him to double his performance as the people representative.
According to him, though the delegates of the NDC in the constituency have recognised his work for the past two and half years which merit an unopposed contest, he viewed it as a challenged thrown to him.
Dr Sandaare made these comments during an interview with THE REPUBLIC in parliament on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.
The NDC held its nationwide parliamentary primaries on August 24, where many of the incumbent MPs retained their seats, while few of about nine lost their chance to retain to the August House.
A total of 16 incumbent MPs including the Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu went unopposed, while nine incumbent MPs also lost their seats to fresh faces for the 2020 general elections.
Nonetheless, Dr Sandaare said his unopposed contest was a collective effort by all stakeholders of the constituency within the NDC fraternity and vowed to work harder to regain the confidence bestowed on him as a first time MP.
He further attributed his popular acclamation to the little effort he made as a minority MP both on the floor of the chamber of parliament and at the constituency.
Within the two and half year, Dr Sandaare said he paid much attention to the needs of the constituents, articulating their concerns and solving those he could with the available resources.
He stated that he would continue to lobby for development projects especially on health, education, roads and other essential needs which needed the District and the central government intervention.
Dr Sandaare who is a member of the Health Committee of parliament said, it was out of the passion for the needs of the people that he confronted the government with a press conference over the Upper West Regional Hospital which remained locked after President Nana Addo officially commissioned it.
He said, if he could not use his office as MP to lobby and front for the basic needs of the people, then he is not worth been representing them, adding that, ” I will continue to work for the interest of the people of Daffiama/Bussie/Issa.”
He expressed gratitude to the constituency executives but called continue unity among the rank and file of the party.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba