PATROTIC Front (PF) Mpulungu constituency aspiring parliamentary candidate Freedom Sikazwe is optimistic that he will retain the seat in the August 11 general elections.
In an interview with the Daily Nation, Mr Sikazwe said he had received overwhelming support from the electorate from the province and in surrounding areas.
Mr Sikazwe said PF had been receiving overwhelming support from the grass-roots which was evident from the number of defectors from the opposition parties being received at every rally.
He said it was disappointing that some parties had allegedly resorted to inciting violence while the PF had opted to advise its members not to retaliate whenever they were provoked.
He said he was certain his party would carry the day due to issue-based campaigns it was applying, stating that he had been one of the outstanding parliamentarians in the region, if not the best.
He claimed that he had done a lot in the constituency in terms of infrastructure development, saying he had no doubt he would retain his seat and President Lungu would also receive more votes.
Mr Sikazwe, who is Northern Province minister, said Mpulungu district had more township roads in the region than any other town, despite Kasama being the headquarters, including the first ever district hospital which was now in operation.
Mr Sikazwe noted that for the first time in 52 years Mpulungu district had a boarding secondary school and a modern hospital and that Mpulungu harbour was now in operation and the proposed construction of a rail line from Mpulungu to Nseluka would kick off soon.