It disgusts him to see people parading themselves as members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) only when they are seeking something for their personal interest.
He is particularly incensed that sometimes some affluent members of the party will keep their wealth to themselves when the party is in opposition and watch on while the party struggles for funds for its activities.
“It must be said that you cannot reap where you have not sown. Even the Holy Bible speaks against that. So, it is even a sin to seek for things or a position when you have contributed nothing for the sustenance of that very position you seek to occupy.”
Kwabena Otchere Darko-Mensah, who is also the Western Region Minister, made the observation when he filed his nomination forms in his bid to represent the party as its parliamentary candidate for the fourth time.
Before he filed his nomination forms, the MP, clad in all-white apparel and accompanied by hundreds of party's faithful people, most of whom are delegates, paraded through the principal streets of Takoradi to showcase himself to the constituents.
He said one of the legacies he will always be proud of is how “without hesitation, I have used my personal resources to help make this our great party stay attractive even when we were in opposition and in the midst of all the disadvantages associated with an opposition MP”.
“We’ve done free classes every year for the past ten years. I initiated and brought the Ghana Technology University which was the first private university in Takoradi. If you go to New Takoradi up there it used to be red sand but now we’ve changed it. If you go to New Takoradi the road, we’ve done it. If you take the library, we’ve done it. If you go to the Kokonte Borla, we are building the first Islamic Secondary School in the metropolis. Again, at New Takoradi, I’ve started a new project called the Regeneration Project. And we continue to give scholarships to our young ones so that they can go to school and come and help with our development. So, we are consistently improving the lives of our people.”
He shrugged off the perception that his position as the regional minister will give him an undue advantage going into the parliamentary primaries.