Fiifi Kwetey and Nii Nortey Dua

Delegates of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Greater Accra Region go to the polls today to elect parliamentary candidates for the party in about 15 constituencies with sitting Members of Parliament (MP) in what has been described as a hot contest.

Most of the seats have sitting MPs who are ministers of state or deputy ministers.

Even before votes are cast, MP for Sege Alfred Abayateye is alleging spiritual attacks on his person ahead of the polls.

The MP is facing stiff opposition from four other persons in the constituency.
He said that even though there were spiritual attacks against him, he was optimistic of victory on Saturday.
The Sege MP told Citi FM: “Everything is going on smoothly, there are spiritual attacks here and there but God is seeing us through.
“I left the constituency for Accra last week Monday healthy and I came back sick. If you see me, you’d see what I’m talking of. Don’t rule those things out. God knows what I have done and the people in the constituency also know what I have done.”
The primaries for the Greater Accra seats were postponed from January 21 to today, January 28, 2012 due to what leadership of the party claimed to be operational challenges.

Today’s round of parliamentary primaries promises to be interesting in view of the positions held by some of the individuals involved, coupled with the tension that has characterised the campaign process.

Among the hot spots are the Odododiodioo constituency where presidential aide Nii Lantey Vanderpuye is contesting incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Nii Tackie Commey and the Klottey Korle constituency where Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Armah Ashittey is also facing stiff opposition from four other contestants.

Incumbent MP for La-Dadekotopon, who doubles as Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Nii Amasa-Namoale, is equally facing a challenge from five other aspirants including Rita Odoley Sowah, Kelvin Catenor, Sowah Oblejumah, Emmanuel Odoi Yemoh and one Nii Armah.

Nii Armah Ashietey and Kojo Adu Asare

Another hot spot is the Ashaiman constituency where Alfred Agbesi is being challenged by four others including Abass Mustapha, Osabutey  Ibrahim Baidoo, Alhaji Braimah Suleimana and Tony Afenyo whilst MP for Ledzokuku and now Deputy Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Nii Nortey Dua is battling to save his seat from the hands of a former beauty queen (Miss Ghana), Benita Sena Golomeke and the likes of Sowah Boye-Sekan, a younger brother of the late Nii Adjei Boye-Sekan, the first NDC MP in the Fourth Republic in that constituency.

At nearby Krowor, incumbent MP and Deputy Minister for Roads and Highways, Nii Oakley Quaye Kuma, is also facing opposition from Beatrice Naa Momo Lartey, Presiding Member for Ledzokuku-Krowor (LEKMA) Municipal Assembly whilst MP for Adenta, Kojo Adu-Asare, who beat a hasty retreat at the last minute after declaring his decision not to contest the primaries, is reeling under the threat of being unseated by some of his party men.

 In the East Ayawaso constituency, Naser Mahama Toure has vowed to oust outgoing Deputy Works and Housing Minister, Dr. Mustapha Ahmed.

The Minister of Information designate, Fritz Baffour, is slugging it out with two others for the Ablekuma South seat.

In all, 76 people will be contesting in the region, out of which eight women are running in Ada, Shai Osudoku, Trobu Amasaman, Abokobi Madina, Krowor, Ledzokuku, La Dadekotopon and Adenta, with only two MPs, Dauod Anum Yemoh for Domeabra Obom and Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo for Kpone Katamanso going unopposed.

Seven individuals are running for the Adenta constituency, six each for La Dadekotopon and Shai Osudoku whilst five each are contesting for Sege, Ashaiman, Trobu Amasaman, Ablekuma Central, while four each are contesting for Klottey Korle, East Ayawaso and Krowor.

Three aspirants each are also contesting for Abokobi-Madina, Ledzokuku, Odododiodoo, Ablekuma South and Ada, and two are contesting in the Ningo Prampram constituency.

Fifi Kwettey, Deputy Finance Minister, is also slugging it out with Albert Ziga for the Ketu North seat in the Volta Region.

By Charles Takyi-Boadu

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