The National Democratic Congress (NDC) primaries have pulled through peacefully with a number of sitting MPs warding off challenges for their seats. A number of 'casualties' have bee recorded.
Results from some centres showed that 10 sitting MPs lost the bid to contest their seats. They include the Mfantsiman East MP and Second Deputy Majority Chief Whip, Kuntu Blankson, Ho Central MP, Capt. George Mfodwo, MP for Twifo–Atti Morkwa in the Central Region and Deputy Education Minister, Elizabeth Amoah Tetteh.
Others are MP for Kumbungu, Alhaji Imoro Yakubu, MP for North Tongu in the Volta Region, Charles Hodogbey and MP for Keta, Richard Larsey Agbenyefia.
The rest are MP for Lower Manya Krobo in the Eastern Region, Michael Teye Nyaunu, MP for Builsa North in the Upper East Region, Timothy Awoturim Ataboadey, MP for Yilo Krobo in the Eastern Region, Raymond Tawiah and MP for Sissala East and Minister of State at the Presidency, Hajia Rafatu Alhassan Dubie Halutie, MP for Afram Plains South, Mr Raphael Kofi Ahliga.
Mr Joseph Appiah emerged in Afram Plains South with 211 votes to beat the incumbent, Mr Raphael Kofi Ahligah.
They were replaced by Abeiku Crentsil ( Mfatseman East), Mr Benjamin Komla Kpodo (Ho Central), Samuel Ato Amoah (Twifo Atti-Mokwaa), Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni (Kumbungu), Mr Okudjeto-Ablakwa (North Tongu), Richard Quashiga (Keta), Mr Ebenezer Okletey Tei-Larbie (Lower Manya Krobo), Mr James Agalga (Builsa North), Jeff Kavianu (Upper Manya Krobo), Magnus Kofi Amoate (Yilo Krobo), Mr Joseph Appiah (Afram Plains South)
Voting went on successfully in the hotly contested constituencies of Tamale North, Tamale Central, and Savelugu, in the region
The incumbent MPs for Tamale North, Alhaji Abubakari Sumani, Central, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini and Savelugu, Hajia Salifu Mary Boforo, warded off their challengers in the gruelling contest to maintain their hold on the seats some of them have occupied for several terms.
Foreign Minister, Alhaji Muhammed Mumuni defeated the incumbent, Alhaji Imoro Yakubu Kakpagu with 161 votes to 133.
The deputy northern regional minister, San Nasamu Asabigi failed in his bid to represent the people of Walewale while the sitting MP, Alidu Iddrisu Zakaria also lost the seat to a new entrant, King James who polled 113. Mr. Asabigi polled 100 votes, with the incumbent picking 108 votes. Also at Karaga, the incumbent MP lost his seat to a new entrant, Dauda Nnyaba.
Four sitting law makers, including the MP for Tamale South, Alhaji Iddrisu Haruna were returned unopposed. The others are Bukari Nikpe, Saboba, Samuel Jabaniche, Chereponi and Ibrahim Abdul-Rauf Tanko, Yagba/Kubori constituency respectively.
Other incumbent (MP’s) who won their bids include Alhaji Ibrahim Dey for Salaga, Baba Ibn Iddrissu for Yendi and Dr Alfred Tia Sugri for Nalerigu. The rest are Thomas Nasar for Gushegu and Abdul Razak for Tolon.
Mr. George Maban also won the bid to contest the Wulensi Constituency. Election for Yarpei Kusawgu Constituency was however rescheduled January 24.
In the Ho Central constituency in the volta region, world bank of the party, Mr Benjamin Komla Kpodo, finance officer of the University of Education, defeated four others to become the parliamentary candidate for the NDC.
He polled 270 votes against Mrs Fafa Adinyira, 104, Captain George Nfojoh, 52, Mr Steven Adom, 17 and Mr Gordon Akpadie, 15 to win the primaries.
In the Akan constituency, a former Member of Parliament (MP), Mr John Gyapong successfully staged a come back when he defeated the incumbent, Mr Joseph Ofori and Mr Daniel Kofi Ansah Danquah with 175 to 159 and 21 votes respectfully.
At Kwamekrom, the incumbent Mr Emmanuel Bandua retained his seat as the candidate for Biakoye, Mr Gershon Gbediame for Nkwanta –South, Mr Joe Gidisu for Central Tongu, Mr Kwabena Mensah Woyome for South- Tongu, while the Volta Regional Minister, Mr Joseph Amenowode won to contest the Hohoe-South constituency in the 2012 parliamentary election.
Deputy Information Minister, Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa won at North-Tongu, Mr Edem Asimah was winner for South Dayi, Mr Richard Quashigah for Keta, Sports Minister, Clement Humado will contest the Anlo constituency again on the ticket of the NDC, while Mr James Klutse Avedzi has been elected to contest the Ketu-North parliamentary seat.
The first deputy speaker of parliament, Mr Edward Doe Adjaho, Mr Emmanuel Bedzra, Mr Wisdom Gidisu were returned unopposed as candidates for Ave-Avenor, Ho-West and Krachi- East constituencies respectively.
The primaries in the Buem and Hohoe-North constituencies were put on hold by a High Court injunction.
Contrary to expectations, all three sitting NDC MPs in the Ashanti Region retained their seats in the parliamentary primaries.
Alhaji Muntaka Mohammed Mubarak, Alhaji Issifu Pangabu and Mr Ernest K. Yakah, swept past their challengers in the Asawase, Ejura Sekyedumase and New Edubiase constituencies respectively.
The hottest battleground was Asawase where acrimonious campaigning prompted officials to tighten security on polling day. However, everything went on peacefully.
Surprisingly before voting started, United States-based Mustapha Ahmed, who was tipped as the one likely to defeat Muntaka dropped out of the race and rather threw his weight behind Annis Moghtar who eventually lost to the incumbent.
In the Ejura Sekyedumase constituency, Alhaji Pangabu defeated four other contestants, Emmanuel Badu, Kombat Suuk, Peter Boakye Ansah and Charles Kyeremeh.
For New Edubiase, which witnessed some nasty incidents in the days preceding the election, the incumbent Yakah defeated Oheneba Kwabena Andoh.
In the Upper East Region, two incumbent members of parliament came out of the primaries seriously bruised.
They are the sitting MP for Pusiga, Mr. Simon Atingban Akunye who was defeated by Hajia Laadi Ayii Ayamba, the only female aspirant out of the 31 aspirants who contested in the nine constituencies.
Hajia Ayamba, a Deputy National Propaganda Secretary of the NDC, polled 89 votes to ward off the challenge from three other male contenders, namely Messrs Aboko Akudugu, George Bambill Azungah and Simon Akunye who polled 81, 47 and 38 votes respectively.
The other sitting MP who suffered defeat was Mr. Timothy Ataboadey Awontirum who polled 74 as against the winner, Lawyer James Agalga, who garnered 123 votes in the Builsa North Constituency poll.
Messrs George Abavelim, the Presiding Member of the Builsa District Assembly, Philip A. Azaikoba and Seth Alafa who also contested the Builsa North seat obtained 42, 22 and six votes in that order.
Two aspirants were acclaimed. They are Mr. Cletus Apul Avoka, the Majority leader and MP for Zebilla Constituency while Mr. Roger Abolumbisa, a former MP was retained unopposed for the Builsa South constituency.
In the Bongo constituency, the man whose name rhymes with that of the constituency, Mr. Albert Abongo thrashed the Regional Secretary of the party, Donatus Akamugri. Abongo polled 132 votes as against 70 won by Akamugir. The other two contenders in the race for the Bongo seat were Mr Charles Adongo Bawa-Duah who polled 30, and Ministry of Energy spokesperson, Edward Abambire Bawa who had 115 votes.
In the Talensi constituency, five term MP and Minister of Information, John Tia Akologu secured the nod to pursue a sixth term parliamentary slot when he defeated four other contenders by polling 186 votes. The other contenders comprising Messrs Benson Baba Tongo, a former President of the Ghana Olympic Committee, Edward Adimazoya Akolgo, Simon Nabia and Peter Tobil Kapeog had 89, 21, five and four votes respectively.
In the next door Nabdam Constituency, Moses Asaga sailed smoothly to shore when he polled 121 as against 37 garnered by his only contender Mr. Sebig Martin Dittoh.
In the Bolgatanga constituency, the sitting MP Emmanuel Akolbire Opam-Brown dismissed his challenger, Mr. Mathew Akayigre Adombire. Mr. Opam-Brown polled 398 votes while his contender had 103.
The MP for Garu Tempane, Dominic Azimbe Azumah retained his seat when he polled 195 votes. Six other contenders, Essagol Joseph Lama, Akuka Alazuuga, John Akudugu Simon Asore, Daniel Asigri Zayeya and Alhaji Ayass Awelisa polled 92, 52, 17, seven three and one vote respectively.
The biggest casualty of the primaries in the seven NDC seats in the Eastern Region, is the MP for Lower Manya Krobo, Mr Michael Teye Nyaunu.
He has been unseated by Mr Ebenezer Okletey Tei-Larbie, Deputy Eastern Regional Minister with of 211 votes against 185 obtained by the MP.
A third contestant for the same seat, Madam Cecilia Dede Kosi Akwerteh, a building contractor based at Tema did not win any vote.
Mr Nyaunu who was in the company of many supporters, who sang and danced, quietly left the Catholic Parish Hall, Agormanya, venue of the event after accepting defeat.
For the Upper Manya Krobo seat, a contractor, Jeff Kavianu obtained 164 votes to defeat the sitting MP, Mr Stephen Amoanor Kwao who had 132 votes and two others, Messrs Raymond Azu 45 votes and John Mordzifa 28 votes.
In Yilo Krobo, a legal practitioner, Magnus Kofi Amoatey obtained 155 votes to dislodge the sitting MP, Mr Raymond Tawia, 89 votes and five others, Messrs Benjamin Narh Tetteh, 108 votes Tettey Litas Kwabla, eight votes Michael Tetteh Ologo, 22 votes, Ayertey Apepe Amakwata, 21 votes and Daniel Gerald Tettey-Akomey, 60 votes.
A virtually unknown Mr Joseph Appiah emerged winner in Afram Plains South. He secured 211 votes to beat the incumbent, Mr Raphael Kofi Ahligah, 80 votes, and Messrs Michael Twum a single vote, H.K. Timothy Gborglah, 16 votes, Mark Oliver Kevor, 24 votes, Sumaila Alhassan, 24 votes and Eric Fordjour, two votes.
Sitting MPs who won are Mr Aboagye Didier, Afram Plains North, Rev (Dr) Joses Asare Akoto (Asuogyaman) and Mr Joseph Amanquanor (Upper West Akyem).
Mr Didier had 227 votes to beat five contestants, Messrs Kofi Gati, a single vote, Windham Emil Afram, Eastern Regional Director of the National Insurance Authority, 41 votes, Emile Atsu Agakpe, zero vote, Dr Anthony Nsoh Akanzule, zero vote and Madam Betty Crosbey Mensah, 170 votes
Rev Akoto (Asuogyaman) polled 232 votes to beat Messrs Wilfred Emanuel Cudjoe Yevugah, 136 votes, Richard Norgbordzi, 18 votes, Alhaji Abu Dardie Abu Musa, 48 votes, Madam Augustina Adumea Darko, nine votes and William Conrad Buckle, 21 votes.
Mr Amanquanor (Upper West Akyem) also beat his only challenger Derek Ohene Asifo by 201 votes to 36.
While some incumbent Members of Parliament from the the Central region seeking re-election, went home in a joyous mood, others, wore long faces after the poll.
The first casualty was a Deputy Minister of education in-charge of secondary education, Mrs. Elzabeth Amoah-Tetteh who was handed down a narrow defeat by just two votes by Samuel Ato Amoah who polled 154.
The second person whose defeat might not have come as a surprise was the Deputy Majority Chief Whip, Mr. George Kuntu Blankson who had fallen out with his executives. He polled 81 votes as against 169 by Abeiku Crentsil who garnered 169 in the Mfatseman East race.
For old horse, Dr. Ato Quarshie it was an effort too late as he polled 183 votes whilst the incumbent, Dr. J.S. Annan retained the nomination with 249 in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem contest for the NDC ticket.
The Minister of Mines and Energy, Mr. Mike Hammah had it the easiest way. He had an acclamation in the Effutu Constituency where he had reigned a supremo.
Deputy Minister of Justice and Attorney-General, Mr. Barton Odro proved too strong for Rickets Kweku Hagan and Justice Kofi Boison who polled 82 and 49 respectively, against Mr. Odro’s 317.
Mr. Farancis Kojo Arthur’s 405 was enough to secure a convincing lead over Mr. Ransford Agyei Boamah who polled 53 in the Gomoa West contest.
In Gomoa Eas contest, Mr. Panyin Okyere Eduamoah won with 156 against his closest, Mr. Jonathan Moses Jehu-Appiah’s 14 whilst Rachel Florence Appoh hit 49 with Julaludeen E. trailing with eight. In Mfantseman West, A deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr. Aquinas Tawiah Quansah retained his stake for the seat with 342 votes leaving his opponents, Mr Joseph Essuon and Lovelace Arko Essiam with 135 and 39 behind respectively.
Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese saw the incumbent winning by 317 follwed by Aba Edusah, a former District Chief Executive, 93, Mr. David Abakah Yawson 38, Mr. Joseph Andoh 18 and Augustine Owusu Ansah seven in that order.
The Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam contest was an easy victory for the incumbent Mr. Cassiel Ato Baah Forson with 439 votes leaving Mr. Joseph Kwesi Arko-Koomson to trail with a weak 15 votes.
Source: Daily Graphic