By Cecil Mensah
The 2017 August House of the Republic of Ghana, would be one that would showcase the country’s array of popular personalities on both sides of the political divide.
After the likes of Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the former ace broadcaster with Joy Fm, an Accra based radio station declared to run for the Ofuase Constituency seat in the Eastern Region and Mr George Andah, formerly of Mobile Telecommunication Network, (MTN), the leading telephony provider in Ghana, also declaring to run for Parliament on the ticket of the largest opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) for Awutu Senya East in the Central Region, others have also joined the upcoming contests in both parties.
Mr Abeiku Santana, a presenter with Okay Fm, an Accra based-radio station in the stables of Despite Group of companies and Mr Emmanuel Bonney , a Kumawood actor, have all declared to contest on the ticket of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The Herald can report that Mr Robert Coleman, Communications Manager of Zoomlion Group of companies is also lacing his boots to contest the Ayawaso Central Constituency seat in the Greater Accra region on the ticket of the NDC.
The Ayawaso Central Constituency seat, is one of the safe seats that has been held by the opposition NPP since 1996.
Information of Mr Coleman contesting on the ticket of the NDC came to the fore when The Herald visited Kotobaabi, a suburb of Accra to solicit people’s view on the asphalted Pig Farm- Kwame Nkrumah Circle road constructed by Ussuaya Construction Limited.
According to sources close to Mr Nortey, the director of Works at Urban roads, the construction of the roads in the area was financed by some key individuals, who have refused to be named.
But The Herald probe further and has uncovered that key among the individuals who have refused to be named is Mr Coleman.
The source said, the gesture was to shore up his dreams of annexing the parliamentary seat for the party.
However, commercial drivers and residents, particularly the youth, narrated how the road has been helpful to them.
They told The Herald the reconstruction has made driving in the area smooth.
The commercial drivers, however, appealed to the authorities to make bus stops along the road to avoid drivers clashing with the police any time they stop to pick passengers.
For the youth around the Kotobabi Cluster of schools where Mr Coleman has built an AstroTurf for playing of football, they are elated Mr Coleman was running for Parliament.
According to the youth, aside the role Mr Coleman played in the construction of the road; he owns pubs that serve as point of entertainment and more.
The Herald is informed that in 1999 when an innocent boy by name Tetteh Nartey was shot dead by some trigger happy police men in the Kotobabi area, Mr Coleman, led the fight for compensation to be paid to the bereaved family in 2000 when ex -President John Agyekum Kufour assumed the reign of power.
The Herald is reliably informed that Mr Coleman has also employed over seven hundred youth into Zoomlion over the past one year.
The Herald has it that Mr Coleman has been at the fore front of championing sanitation in the area and led the campaign for free distribution of bins in the Constituency.
When The Herald contacted Mr Coleman he declined to comment, stating that at the appropriate time, he will make his intentions known to the members of the Constituency.
He, however, admitted that pressure is being mounted on him by the youth to contest the 2016 parliamentary race of the party.