Adentan Constituency in the Greater Accra Region has become a hotbed of attention as the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) readies for its parliamentary primaries on Saturday. The race is between three candidates, including incumbent MP Adamu Ramadan, former Gender Minister Nana Oye Bampoe Addo, and young engineer Linda Awuni.
The contest has generated much interest due to the contrasting profiles of the candidates, with Ramadan having unseated the NPP’s former Director of Communications in 2020. Oye Bampoe, who has previously contested and lost to Ramadan, is a seasoned lawyer and appeals to a wider demographic, while Awuni is seen as an energetic youth advocate who has a strong following among young people in the constituency.
For the most part, the Adentan constituency has been a traditional stronghold for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), making the race even more intriguing. The NDC managed to win the seat in 2012 when they replaced incumbent Adu Asare with Ashie Moore, who later lost to Ramadan in the primaries. As the NDC seeks to wrestle the seat from the NPP, the choice of candidate has become even more critical.
The youth have been a significant factor in recent elections, and the NDC appears to have taken notice, as they have fielded the youthful Linda Awuni to challenge the more experienced candidates. Awuni’s campaign has been centered around youth empowerment, job creation, and the need for more women to participate in politics. Her message seems to have resonated with many young people, who view her as a refreshing change from the political establishment.
On the other hand, Nana Oye Bampoe Addo, a lawyer and former Gender Minister, has had a distinguished career in public service and has been a prominent figure in the NDC. Her campaign has focused on the need for more women in politics and the importance of addressing issues affecting women and children.
The incumbent MP, Adamu Ramadan, has also been campaigning on his record of achievements since he assumed office in 2020. He has highlighted his role in improving healthcare, education, and infrastructure in the constituency.
In a nutshell, the Adentan primary race promises to be a closely contested affair, with each candidate bringing their unique strengths to the table. The eventual winner will have a tough challenge ahead of them as they seek to unseat the NPP in a constituency that has traditionally been a stronghold for the party.