The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has hinted that, he will do all within his means to ensure that Ghana’s youngest Member of Parliament (MP), Hon. Francisca Oteng Mensah is retained in the 2020 elections.
According to the President, her continuous stay in the legislature is very necessary as she is the face of the next generation of politicians that will move Ghana to the next level.
Her level of intelligence and contribution to policy formulation, the President hinted during a durbar held in his honour at Mampongteng in the Kwabre East Constituency, is a great testament to the fact that he has to do all within his means to ensure Miss Mensah becomes the face of the constituency once more.
And ensuring that she contests unopposed in the ruling party’s primaries is part of the options the President would explore.
The President made the pronouncement after the Mampongtenghene, Barima Saasi Ayeboafo II had called on him to ensure that the political future of the energetic and intelligent lady is not cut short in 2020.
“Finally, I appeal to you for Francisca, our daughter, she is young; we have given her to you, so take care of her,” the Mampontenghene appealed to the President.
In his response, President Akufo-Addo assured the Mampontenghene that he would personally ensure that the Kwabre East MP appears on the ballot paper once again in the 2020 parliamentary elections and go on to elevate her if his government wins a second term.
“I have taken your call for me to adopt her in good fate and I do not take it lightly at all; in the coming elections, she must be upheld again and if God blesses my administration with a second term, Nana, you will see how I will elevate her in your honour,” the President assured the chief and his subjects.
Miss Mensah has since her entry into Parliament, been a staunch advocate for gender equality, girl education and youth empowerment.
The governing New Patriotic Party obtained its highest number of votes yet, from the Kwabre East Constituency in the 2016 general election.
President Akufo-Addo, who was then candidate, garnered a record 71,112 votes representing 81.77% of valid votes cast; Miss Mensah, who was then only 23 years old and a level 300 student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) got 71,757 votes representing 83.03% of valid votes cast, to become MP ahead of four other contenders.