Justice Joe Appiah, sitting New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Ablekuma North constituency in Accra, has lost his seat to Nana Akua Owusu Afriyieh in the party’s parliamentary primaries on Saturday.
The incumbent, who has been MP for the constituency since 2012, polled the least votes among the three candidates that contested for a position to lead the constituency in the 2016 parliamentary election.
The winner, Akua Owusu Afriyieh, polled a staggering 315 votes to beat the incumbent MP. Kofi Ofori Bella had 305 votes, while Joe Appiah garnered only 184 votes.
Justice Joe Appiah, in his remarks, conceded defeat and congratulated the winner on getting massive votes to oust him, stating that the election was free and fair.
He pledged his unflinching support for Nana Akua Afriyieh, while urging her to bring everybody on board in order to win massive votes for the NPP in the 2016 elections.
Nana Akua Afriyieh commended the two defeated candidates, especially Joe Appiah, for accepting the results.
‘I am ready to work with everybody in the party to make sure we retain the seat and bring the party to power. I need the support of all as we go into the 2016 general elections,’ she underscored.
Earlier on Saturday morning, a man was arrested for allegedly impersonating another man who was said to be dead.
Although the photograph on the voter ID card and that in the register matched, it was identified that the name in the register belonged to a member of the party who died earlier this year.
The matter was reported to the police officers around and the man was subsequently arrested and sent to the Odorkor Police Station in Accra.
By Cephas Larbi
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