Mr Ambrose Dery, the former New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Lawra/ Nandom Constituency, has called on electorates in the Nandom Constituency to elect leaders who are visionary and easily approachable.
He said it would be meaningless to elect a leader who was unapproachable and cared less about the welfare and development needs of the electorates.
Mr Dery said this on Sunday when he met the Dagaaba community in the Cape Coast Metropolis after their monthly church service at the Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church at Fourth-Ridge, a suburb of Cape Coast.
He said a visionary MP would not only enhance the legislative process but would also help bring to about the development of the areas they serve and urged them to let God guide them in the selection of their leaders.
Mr Dery, who was the Upper West Regional Minister in the Kufuor administration, is currently contesting the Nandom Constituency seat.
He said his strength was in the Lord and urged the people not to allow politics to divide their ranks but live in peace and harmony.
Mr Dery said belonging to different political parties did not make them enemies and that they should put their political differences aside and forge ahead for the development of the Upper West Region which was among the poorest regions in the country.
He urged them to disabuse their minds that the NPP was an Akan party and that they should vote for a party that would help move the Upper West from its poverty status.
The former MP asked them to eschew any form of violence before, during and after the November polls adding, “Politics is not a war and people should not behave as if it is a do or die affair, it only allows people to express their views in decorum”.
Mr Dery said when voted into power he would operate an open door policy which would not discriminate against anyone, stressing “when I was an MP, I provided development projects to areas I knew the people never voted for me”.
The former Regional Minister urged those who have never registered and those who will turn 18 by the 28th of April to endeavour to register when the voters’ register was opened and that those who had already registered should cross-check their names to ensure they were on the register.
He thanked the Parish Priest of the Mary of Peace parish for organizing the monthly church service for the Dagaaba community in Cape Coast.
Mr Dery said many of the schools and health facilities in the Region were established by churches especially the Catholic Church and called on the people to remain faithful to their church.