She was well known as a gender and human rights activist, but not in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as a politician, until former President John Dramani Mahama appointed her as Minister for Gender and Social Protection.
This might have influenced her to the level of a colossus when it comes to politics in the opposition NDC party.
Unfortunately, supporters of the party in the Adentan Constituency and political necromancers think otherwise, and, therefore, decided to put her in her proper place in the political queue.
This is the sad story of Nana Oye Lithur, one of the former ministers of the Mahama government, who was shown her smoothness level in the just-ended NDC primaries.
The delegates gave her false hope that they would vote for her, but, in the end, they tossed her up and allowed her to drop to the ground with 558 votes to pick.
The man who gave her the killer punch was Mr Adamu Ramadan, who polled 730 votes in an election that was keenly followed by political observers.
But, the former Gender Minister is not the only person licking her wounds from lethal punches unleashed on her, as her colleague in the Kumbungu Constituency, Ras Mubarak, has also suffered the same fate – sound trashing by his Phd-holding opponent.
The young man, who rode a bicycle to Parliament House to register his protest against the unbearable living conditions in the country, could unfortunately not stand the might of his opponent in the political boxing arena, as he was decked with a deadly blow.
Mr Joseph Yieleh Chireh, a former Minister for Health, despite all his political acumen, could also not withstand the youthful exuberance of a former police officer, who has now shown him the exit from Parliament.
Another person, who was virtually written off, was vociferous Sam George, but he managed to thinly scale over the wall and run into safety.
After a couple of months of heated friendly political exchanges and flexing muscles, Samuel Nartey George needed to poll seven votes to silence his cousin, Michael Kwettey Tetteh, in the NDC’s Ningo-Prampram parliamentary primary, reports Inusa Musah from Tema.
A total of 809 delegates thronged the Lower Prampram Anglican School Park on Saturday to decide the fate of the two cousins in the keenly contested primary, which eventually saw Samuel George, incumbent Member of Parliament (MP), polling 407 valid votes as against Michael Kwettey Tetteh garnering 400, with two ballots rejected.
By and large, the atmosphere was not as intense as it was anticipated to be, considering how vociferous and ‘attacking’ the duo was at each other, prior to the election.
The posture of the two, in fact, drew a lot of pressmen to the election center, where Michael Tetteh’s ballots were first to be counted.
As soon as the counting of his ballots ended at 400, a section of the delegates, believed to be supporters of Sam George, exploded into wild jubilation.
And when his ballots exceeded 401, Samuel George’s supporters increased the tempo of their jubilation, and when the counting ended at 407, the venue became charged with excitement, as motorbikers rode joyously and delegates sang the NDC anthem with vigour.
“The delegates have spoken and I respect their decision. What I am going to do is to work with my brother, Sam George, to increase the votes of the NDC and our presidential candidate, John Mahama, in the 2020 general elections,” Michael Tetteh told the party delegates.
Sounding more sober than he is known to be, Sam George commended Michael Tetteh for the keen contest he gave him, assuring the delegates that the two of them would work together to increase the NDC’s votes in the constituency by 20,000, in order to bid goodbye to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2020 general elections.
At the Tema West Constituency, a 36-year-old Medical Doctor, Raphael Tuffuor, emerged winner with 755 valid votes.
Romeo Akahoho and Wakefield Ackuaku polled 37 and 411 valid votes respectively, after a total of 1,203 valid votes were cast. Two ballot papers were rejected.
In his victory speech after his contenders had accepted the results and promised to support the NDC garner more votes for victory in 2020, Raphael Tuffuor called for unity among all the supporters and executives.
“We are forming our campaign team right away to start working, because we have no time to waste. The primaries are over, and, on this note, all camps must be dissolved for the cause of the NDC,” he said.
He said with unity and better campaign messages to the electorate, the NDC would beat the NPP in Tema West for the first time, since 1996.