Ashong Narh out, Titus Glover in
From Richard Attenkah, Tema
Samuel Evans Ashong Narh, Member of Parliament (MP) for the Tema East constituency, on Sunday, lost his bid to once again represent the New Patriotic Party (NPP) as the party’s parliamentary candidate for the newly created Tema East constituency in the forthcoming general elections.
He was beaten in a fierce parliamentary primary contest by a member of the NPP communication team, Daniel Nii Titus Kwartei Glover. Ramseyer Agyemang-Prempeh, Headmaster of the Tema High Senior High School, also took part in the primary.
Titus Glover polled 156 votes out of the total 368 ballots cast at the venue for the primary in the constituency at Tema, leaving the incumbent MP and Mr. Agyemang-Prempeh to bag 107 and 102 respectively.
Before the start of the election, each of the three candidates was given three minutes by the Electoral Officer, Madam Faustina Arde-Acquah, who supervised the election, to address the delegates.
Soon after the results were declared by Madam Faustina Arde-Acquah, supporters of Mr. Titus Glover went into wild jubilation, singing and pouring powder on the parliamentary candidate-elect.
Interestingly, the supporters, perhaps out of extreme joy, ended up carrying him shoulder high away from the venue of the event, without even allowing him to talk to media personnel present, who wanted to interview the man who had contested for the position for the third time running.
Addressing the function, Ishmael Ashitey, Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the party, called on the rank and file to put behind them whatever differences they had, and rather work together as a team to ensure that they do not only retain the seat, but also increase the votes to be obtained by the flagbearer of the party, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, in the December 7 elections.
Ashittey, who is the former MP for the constituency, disclosed that what happened at the venue for the primary was a clear indication that the party was very much poised for victory in December 2012.
He urged them to work hard because the elections were just around the corner.
The sitting MP declared his commitment to help the parliamentary candidate-elect to retain the seat, saying, “Titus will not be working alone. I, just like every other party member, will work hard to ensure that he retains the seat, which I won during the last elections for the party in 2012.”
During his election speech, Mr. Titus Glover appealed to the delegates to forgive him if he had offended any one of them during his campaign, adding, “It was high time the party chose someone who could retain the seat for the party.”
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