Lawyer Anthony Mmieh, a member of the New Patriotic Party Legal Team since 2016, is hoping to topple long time parliamentary member of the Odotobiri Constituency, Hon. Akwasi Gyamfi. The Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Ghana made his intentions known when he submitted his nomination forms a day before the deadline.
Anthony Mmieh, who resigned from his position as the Vice-President of the Ghana Bar Association in Ashanti Region to contest in this year’s election, told the media and his supporters after submitting his forms that, the incumbent MP has done his part but Odotobiri constituency is still lacking in terms of development.
“My brother, Akwasi Gyamfi, has done so much… but I am bringing a new hope to Odotobiri constituency. My focus will be on development” he said.
Anthony Mmieh, who was a member of the Security Committee for the 2012 elections for the New Patriotic Party revealed that the constituency lacks good roads and there are no jobs.
“If you go to some of the villages in the constituency, there are no good drinking water for the residents”, he revealed.
Anthony Mmieh believes that the connections he has and his ability to lobby will enable him bring development to the constituency. He said the ability to lobby is a great tool that could bring needed development.
Hon. Akwasi Gyamfi has been in parliament since 2004.
In August last year, a group called, The Concerned Youth of Odotobri NPP in a press conference advised their Member of Parliament, Hon. Emmanuel Akwasi Gyamfi, to refrain from even picking the nomination form for the NPP constituency primaries. They also indicated that, if the NPP wants to get votes from Odotobri constituency then they should advice Hon. Akwasi Gyamfi from contesting.
The group stated that since Hon. Emmanuel Akwasi Gyamfi became MP in 2004, they were yet to see any major developmental projects by the law maker and his relationship with all four District Chief Executives of the district since he became MP has never been the best. They also accused him of not being accountable to the constituents with regards to the usage of the MP’s common fund.