Like all elections there are controversies, drama, shocking results and outstanding victories.
The New Patriotic Party primaries to elect Members of Parliament for the 2016 elections had all of these in leaps and bounds.
Perhaps the most shocking of results are the big falls, especially in the Ashanti Region. At Nhyiaeso former Roads and Highways Minister, Dr Richard Anane lost the primary to former Ashanti Regional NPP Organiser Kennedy Kankam.
Isaac Osei also lost his Subin seat to Eugene Boakye Antwi. He will be enduring life without Parliament together with Addai Nimoh and Dr Owusu Afriyie all of whom lost the Mampong and Kwadaso primaries respectively.
It was mixed results for women aspirants in the primaries. The party may perhaps be gnashing its teeth for not ‘protecting’ its incumbent women parliamentarians enough because some bigwig women MPs have become casualties to the primaries.
Gifty Klenam and Gifty Eugenia Kusi representing the Lower West Akim and Tarkwa Nsuaem constituencies have all lost the primaries but 23-year-old Francisca Oteng Mensah, a student at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has a rather fascinating story to tell.
For journalists and members in corporate Ghana there is good news to report at Ofoasi Ayirebi and Awutu Senya West where Kojo Oppong Nkrumah and George Andah all won the primaries to represent the NPP in 2016.
But Ken Kuranchie has a sad story to tell because he lost the Okaikwei North poll. He did not lose to Seth Adjei Baah but to Fuseini Issah who is thought to be the local boy.
After such a big storm, “Suame Messi” the new name for the Minority Leader Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu managed to beat the “Don Bortey” who contested him in the Suame poll.
If the results were shocking, perhaps, developments before, during voting and declaration of results were jaw dropping.
Maxwell Kofi Jumah in a gangster fashion tore election papers and destroyed voting materials at his Asokwa constituency. This dastard act is something mostly done by hired miscreants during elections but the former MP decided to do the job himself. He ended up in handcuffs and whisked away to prison to cool-off for a while. To cap a day of shame, Jumah was beaten mercilessly by the incumbent Patricia Appiagyei.
At the Dome Kwabenya Constituency in the Greater Accra region, incumbent MP Adwoa Sarfo did not disappoint as she held on tight to her seat but not without controversy. Delegates ‘attacked’ Joy News’ Seth Kwame Boateng for reporting an incident that happened at the voting centre. Tema East MP Titus Glover had gone to the constituency to support Adwoa Sarfo but some of the delegates did not take kindly to that and began verbally attacking him. When Kwame Boateng reported the incident, the delegates turned their fury on him. He had to flee the area.
There were others who also attempted to impersonate dead delegates but found themselves in prison for their silly act.
There have been several acclamations for many candidates who went unopposed but the story in Ada East constituency was shockingly different.
Former presiding member for Dangbe East Municipal Assembly Kanor Senakey who was the only candidate in the election by some strange reason was rejected.
The delegates would rather have a candidate who did not have money to contest the primary.
Source: Myjoyonline.com|Nathan Gadugah