An Upper East Regional Chairman aspirant of the New Patriotic Party, Filson Awankua, says his leadership will ensure the party increases its parliamentary seats in the region and create job opportunities for the citizenry.
Mr. Awankua, said the few  NPP parliamentary seats in the region was due to the poor leadership and disunity among the regional executives.
He said he’s motivated to lead the party at the regional level in order to unite all of its members to collaborate to win at least six parliamentary seats in the region at the next general elections in 2020.
Speaking to Citi News after picking his nomination forms at the party office in Bolgatanga, Mr. Awankua said he was optimistic that his leadership will ensure the region gets its fair share of the national cake.
“I am in this race because during the 2016 elections, I was in the Upper East Region campaigning for the NPP and I saw some gaping holes; there was no party unity and parliamentary candidates were not resourced adequately and party chairmen were struggling to work. So I am in this race to close the disunity in the party and to win more seats.”
“But having worked with top NPP stalwarts I decided that, with the experience and networks I have established over the years I can develop the NPP in the region,” he said.
Mr. Awankua said the region needed a chairman with good working relationship and lobbying skills to bring about the needed development to the region.
He emphasized that an NPP under him in the region, will ensure that financial resources are made available to help the region to secure significant votes at the next polls.
Filson Awankua, who is an engineer by training, said through his network in the corporate world, he will nurture and create job opportunities for citizens in the region.
Mr. Awankua appealed to all delegates in the upcoming regional executive elections of the NPP slated for April 2018, to vote massively for him to lead the party to victory come 2020.
He is going into the contest alongside incumbent party chairman, Ibrahim Mutala Mohammed, Alhaji Abdallah Achulou Otito, Anthony Namoo and Agongo Joseph.