By Alfred Dogbey
Oboubia Darko-Poku, has declared her intention to contest in the upcoming 2016 parliamentary election, when the National Democratic Congress (NDC) opens nomination, especially in what is described as the orphan constituencies; where the party has no sitting Members of Parliament (MP).
The hardworking lady, has distinguished herself in the Weija-Gbawe Constituency after losing the seat to her main rival, Mrs. Comfort Rosemond Abrah, of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2012 Parliamentary election.
At an event in the Weija-Gbawe Constituency recently, OB, as she is affectionately called, a former broadcaster with one of the leading FM stations in Accra, Radio Gold said, “Permit me to take the opportunity to thank every one of you who supported and voted for me when I was elected as the candidate for the NDC for 2012 general elections”.
“Although I did not win, I have not relented in my efforts to deliver some of the promises I made to the good people of this constituency”.
According to OB, “it is indeed evident in my continuous support of programmes and projects for the betterment of the constituency”.
She said, “It would interest you to note that when my party opens nomination to contest for the primaries for the 2016 elections, I shall put myself forward again, because I believe this constituency deserves better and therefore with your unflinching support, Weija-Gbawe Constituency, would become the envy of many across the country”, she revealed.
Madam Oboubia told the gathering, “As you depart from here today, let the world know that ‘Yes We Can’ and together by our own hands we shall build this constituency and make it a better place for a living”.
The deputy chief executive of the Ghana Free Zones Board, has being on some philanthropic activities in the constituency, thus endearing herself to the electorates much more than the sitting MP, who had come under heavily criticism for abandoning the constituency shortly after getting the nod.
From the provision of water, relief items, educational supports to the brilliant, but needy school children in the constituency, OB, has always been seen doing things to the admiration of the people.
She was once reported to have remarked, “I don’t have to be in Parliament to help my people”, promising to share the little she rather has to the betterment of the community, irrespective of one’s political affiliation.
Out of the 61,322 valid votes cast in the Weija-Gbawe Constituency in the Greater Accra Region in 2012, Obubia Darko-Opoku, pulled 26,899, representing 43.87 percent as against 32,861, representing 53.59 per cent for Mrs. Abrah of the NPP.
Others such as Jessica Adwoa Manuel Simpson of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) pulled 739, representing 1,21 percent. Daniel Boahene Nkansah of National Vision Party (NVP) pulled 627, at 1.02 percent, whiles Mohammed Frimpong, National Democratic Party (NDP) of Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings had no vote.
It is not certain, whether Mrs. Abrah, who will be 66-years next year, will want to contest the 2016 Parliamentary election.
Mrs. Abrah, is an Educationist by profession from Kwahu Mpraseso, in the Eastern Region, and has MPhil (Guidance and Counseling from the University of Cape Coast (UCC) as her highest education.
Her last employment was as the District Director of Kwaebibirem District Office of the Ghana Education Service (GES), from where she retired. She is married with two children. She worships with the Methodist Church.