Bantama Asenso-Boakye kayos Okyem
The Member of Parliament-aspirant for the Bantama Constituency, Francis Asenso-Boakye, has urged party supporters to close their ranks and welcome all aggrieved members towards victory in the December general elections.
He also advised the Ghanaian electorate to vote for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who he described as a forward-looking President in the upcoming presidential election.
The Deputy Chief of Staff at the Presidency, who was addressing party supporters shortly after he was declared winner of last Saturday’s NPP primary at the Bantama Constituency, said the presidential election in December affords Ghanaians the opportunity to either choose a forward-looking president in Akufo-Addo, or a backward-looking one in Mr. John Dramani Mahama.
“This year’s election is about going forward or backward. It’s about competent Akufo-Addo and incompetent Mahama,” he said.
The MP-elect noted that the main opponent of the NPP is the National Democrat Congress (NDC), and, therefore, it is time for the party to unite against the common enemy.
Mr. Asenso-Boakye won the Bantama seat last Saturday with 456 votes on his third attempt at the seat by defeating the incumbent MP, Daniel Okyem-Aboagye, who polled 122.
No sooner had voting commenced, an agent, representing the current Member of Parliament for the constituency, Daniel Okyem Aboagye, sought to prevent a delegate from casting his ballot.
The agent tried to prevent the Constituency Treasurer from voting on the grounds that his status as an official of the Foreign Affairs Ministry does not qualify him to vote, even though his name was found in the album being used for the election.
This led to a brief scuffle, which was brought under control by security personnel in the constituency.
The initial misunderstanding at the CNC polling station notwithstanding, MP Okyem-Aboagye has conceded defeated and congratulated the Deputy Chief of Staff.
Okyem Aboagye, in the company of his followers, thronged the collating centre at the Centre for National Culture (CNC) and congratulated the winner, during which the two hugged each other amid laughter to the admiration of supporters present.