Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram constituency, Samuel Nartey George has recalled some difficulties he went through prior to the moment he defeated the incumbent MP, E. T. Mensah.
Working with E. T. Mensah
According to him, he offered himself to work with Hon. E. T. Mensah for 3 years without collecting a salary as a Personal Assistant(PA).
“I worked with Hon. E. T. Mensah for 3 years without collecting a salary . . . he didn’t need a PA but I offered myself to work for him because I wanted to learn . . . he didn’t ask me to come for employment . . . so why would he?”
” . . I did everything from washing plates to cleaning shoes to carrying bags to driving him, I did all . . . and I still see him as my father,” he told Adakabre Frimpong Manso.
He said though E.T. Mensah had earlier decided not to run for the Ningo Prampram seat again, things turned around due to so many factors.
“I personally booked an appointment at his office to inform him about my intention and also seek his blessings to contest the parliamentary seat in 2015 . . . he told me his time was not up as he was having a second thought about it,” he said.
He said he sought refuge and encouragement from his wife to have the courage to contest the then MP.
During a one-on-one interview on ‘Me Man Nti’ programme on Neat FM, he spoke of betrayal, unfair treatment and among other things.
He also narrated how former President John Mahama ‘turned his back on him’ during the time.
“I was very hurt, very very hurt and I have had the opportunity to discuss this issue with President John Dramani Mahama post everything . . . “
Narrating his ordeal, he said President Mahama told him there was no way he would support him against a senior member of his then administration.
” E. T. Mensah is a senior member of your administration, I am one of the younger members of your administration, you will not support me against a senior member,” he said those were the words of former President Mahama and he “felt pain”.
He said he had sacrificed a lot for John Mahama and didn’t expect that he would say that.
“He said he had too much respect for E. T. Mensah . . . he told me he was not going to be the one to fuel my ambition to unseat Hon. E. T. Mensah . . . I am saying it with all conviction and the truth that President Mahama did not give me one pesewa, one pesewa, he didn’t give to me. I was very pained,” he said.
“It was one of the few times if not the only time President Mahama had turned men down,” he added.
Selling my house
He narrated how he had to sell his house to fund the campaign.
” . . my wife was 8 months pregnant, I had to sell my house to fund that campaign because nobody was going to give me money, nobody believed that I will win that election . . . my wife told me if you do this and we lose don’t come home . . . I was a month away from my primaries,” he said.