Accra, June 14, GNA – The incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for Ablekuma North, Mr Justice Joe Appiah has lost the opportunity to contest in the 2016 parliamentary elections on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Mr Appiah lost the party’s primaries to elect a parliamentary candidate for next year’s national elections to Nana Akua Owusu-Afriyie, onetime Ablekuma North Constituency Women Organiser of the NPP.
Nana Owusu-Afriyie garnered 315 votes as against the 184 obtained by Mr Appiah. Mr Kofi Ofori Bella the immediate past Constituency Chairman who was the other contestant gathered 305 votes.
Out of the eligible 856 eligible voters expected to take part in the elections, 805 delegates reported to cast their votes thus giving a voter turnout of 94 per cent.
In her victory speech, Nana Owusu-Afriyie who was clad in white thanked the delegates for the confidence reposed in her. She appealed to her other contestants to help her win and retain the seat for the party in Elections 2016.
Her victory, she said, was not for her personally but for the NPP and expressed the need for hard work from every member of the party within the constituency in order to win massively in both the parliamentary and presidential elections.
The Constituency Chairman, Mr George Nkrumah called for unity, understanding and love from the rank and file of the party to ensure a massive win for the NPP in next year’s elections.
Mr Nkrumah said: ‘One person had to win, and once the elections are over let us all close our ranks for the bigger contest against our opponents next year.’
Conceding defeat, both Mr Appiah and Mr Bella pledged to co-operate with the newly elected parliamentary candidate to ensure total victory for the party next year.
There was a combined team of the military and police providing security since the area is considered one of the flash points in the Greater Accra Region.
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