NPP NOT FOR SALE: PARTY DELEGATES REJECT ‘CARS FOR VOTES’ Featured

By NANA YAW DWAMENA September 30, 2019 540 0

New Patriotic Party delegates in the Ajumako Enyam Essiam constituency in the Central Region on Saturday sent out a clear message that the party is “not for sale to the highest bidder”, and voted to reject a candidate who obviously sought to “buy” their votes with vehicles during the party’s “orphan” constituency primaries.

 

Elisha Debrah Odoom had brought 11 saloon cars to the election grounds, and promised to donate one to each of the 10 zones in the constituency, with the remaining meant for the constituency office.

That was however not enough to woo the delegates to elect him as the party’s parliamentary candidate for next year’s election, as he placed third with 67 votes, losing to Rashid Kwesi Etuaful who had 411 votes. Ransford Kwesi Nyarko, the district chief executive, placed second with 263 votes, while Richard Hagan had two votes.

Following his miserable defeat, Mr Debrah Odoom asked that all the cars be loaded on a trailer and driven back to his residence in Accra. This came as a big surprise to the delegates who felt that he could have, at least, donated one car to the party office to show his love for the NPP.

Other winners

A deputy national security coordinator in-charge of Airports, Hopeson Adorye, was elected the parliamentary candidate for the Kpone Katamanso constituency. He secured 321 votes against his closest opponent, William Asante, who had 203 votes.

Deputy Energy Minister Mohammed Amin Adam emerged victorious in the Central Region. votes, while Alhassan Abdulai and Sulemana Ibn Saeed had four and two votes respectively.

The Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, Samuel Nuertey Ayertey, was retained at the Lower Manya Krobo constituency. He obtained 343 votes, while Linda Adadevor had 319. He was the party’s candidate in the 2016 election, and lost to the NDC’s Oklitey Tei Larbi by 320 votes.

Prof Yankah leads Agona East

Meanwhile, the Minister of State in-charge of Tertiary Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah, emerged victorious in the Agona East constituency in the Central Region.

He secured 267 votes to beat Prince Yaw Essah, a chartered accountant, and Dr Kennedy Abrokwa, an economics lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, who obtained 127 and 175 votes respectively.

However, the hopes of the Deputy Oti Regional Minister, Maxwell Blagodzi, to represent the party in the Nkwanta South constituency was badly dashed.

He obtained 27 votes, and lost to Sherifa Tijanni who secured 289 votes, with Maxwell Blagodzi placing second with 262 votes.

The primaries at the Amasaman constituency in the Greater Accra was called off due to a court injunction from Rockson Adu Boahen, one of the aspirants.

The court is expected to hear the case on October 11 2019.

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