One constituency to watch in the December 2024 Parliamentary elections is the Damongo in the Savanna Region.
The seat is currently held by Samuel Abu Jinapor of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, who dislodged Adam Mutawakilu of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at the 2020 election by 15,989 representing 54. 1percent to 13, 279 representing 44.9percent.
It is obvious the two are not done yet. They are billed to faceoff again in next year’s general elections as Adam Mutawakilu is back on the NDC’s ticket as its Parliamentary candidate after winning last Saturday’s primary.
The former legislature won the keenly contested internal election after garnering 483 votes out of 798 valid votes cast ,while his contender, a private legal practitioner, Baba Sadique Zankawah obtained a total of 315 votes.
Interestingly, a day after the NDC contest, Abu Jinapor, made his presence in the constituency felt by commissioning what he described as “the first ever Community Centre in Damongo”.
The event witnessed a huge presence of the town folks.
It is reported that the youth in the constituency, had requested the community center from a lot of MPs for Damongo, but it was “the reign of the Messiah, Lawyer Samuel A. Jinapor has fulfilled that once again”.
They have since vowed that “another great victory awaits you Samuel A. Jinapor come 2024”.
Abu, has been a regular feature of his constituency. Even on the day of the NDC primaries on Saturday, 13th May, he was seen having community engagements in Damongo.
He is also reported to be meeting and interacting with some of his constituents who live outside Damongo, and in places like Kumasi, Techiman, Kintampo, Benkrom, Tamale, Fufulso, Mempeasem and Canteen.
Meanwhile, speaking to the press after he was announced victor, Mr Mutawakilu, said he was going to work closely with Sadique Zankawah to ensure the NDC wins the Damongo seat in 2024.
“Certainly, I need his support to be able to win back our parliamentary seat for the NDC come 2024”, he said.
On his part, Baba Sadique Zankawah, pledged his commitment and readiness for the elected candidate.
“The party is bigger than any of us and apart from that, he is my brother, and we have worked together since 2006. So he has my support and that of my team ahead of the 2024 elections”.