The Paramount Chief of the Ejisu Traditional Area in the Ashanti region of Ghana has cautioned John Apontua Kuma not be a ‘fool’ like the defeated incumbent MP, Hon. Kwabena Owusu Aduomi who did nothing for his constituency in his 12 years stay in Parliament.
Oguakro Afrane Okese IV made this utterances when The CEO of the National Entrepreneurship and Innovative Programme paid a courtesy call on the Paramount Chief for his blessings after John Kumasi declared the winner in last Saturday’s Parliamentary Primaries elections organized by the NPP.
John Kumah polled 397 as against his contenders, the incumbent MP Kwabena Owusu-Aduomi and Abena Poku who had 307 and 5 respectively.
In a video, Oguakro Afrane Okese IV was seen advising John Kumasi not to repeat the mistakes of the defeated Member of Parliament and try put up his best in bringing much development to his constituency.
“I will only advise you to be careful and do only what the electorates want; it is true that parliamentarians do not construct roads and other projects, but you can lobby for them to be done if you set your mind to do it; unless you want to behave like that foolish Owusu Aduomi who did nothing for us”.
Hon. Kwabena Owusu Aduomi entered Ghana’s Parliament in January 2009 after unseating incumbent MP and former Foreign Affairs Minister, Kwasi Osei-Adjei at the NPP primaries in the then Ejisu-Juaben Constituency.
A civil engineer by profession, Aduomi became a Maintenance Engineer at the Ghana Highways Authority (GHA) in Tamale in the Northern region in 1987–1994; he then proceeded to become a Projects Manager in the Western region in 1994–2002. He became the Regional Director of the GHA in the Ashanti region from 2002–2008, before becoming a Member of the Parliament of Ghana from January 2009 till date.
But in the video, the Ejisumanhene cast doubt on the credibility of Hon. Aduomi’s academic and professional credentials and likened him to a “common mason”.
“When you go to the highways authority, his civil engineering qualification is considered nothing more than a common mason; he was like a common mason like Saddiq, the northerner who does my work; so all I will tell you is that, if you do not do what the constituents want, you will suffer the same fate and would be booted out with anger and hatred like they did to him; so be careful”.