Minister who rode helicopter to register loses seat
The Aviation Minister, Kofi Adda, made headlines when he chose to journey to his constituency to file his nomination forms in a military helicopter, but his has unfortunately been conquered by the Upper East Regional Minister, Tangoba Abayege.
Prior to the polls, Kofi Adda had claimed that Abayage was relatively unknown and therefore had no clout in the Navrongo Central Constituency.
Call it the battle of sexes; the woman power was at play once again. The once Sanitation Minister is now nursing his wounds, having obtained 269 votes, as Abayage clenched 313 votes to secure the spot.
The rather quiet Member of Parliament for the Navrongo Constituency was to file to contest in the just-ended parliamentary primaries of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
His action was widely criticised as some people held that he was lavishly taking undue advantage of his office.
Others were of the view that he may have paid for the services of the chopper, just so he could beat time to file his nomination for the elections, he lost anyway.
What angered his critics was how his presence in the helicopter distracted teaching and learning at the District’s Basic School when the chopper landed on the school’s park.
Videos went viral on social media in which school children and other onlookers stood to admire the presence of the helicopter, if not the Minister.
The contest at the Navrongo Central Constituency was fiercely contested by two ministers in the Akufo-Addo administration.