Story: Kwame Asare Boadu, Kumasi
THE New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Bantama, Ms Cecilia Abena Dapaah, has been re-elected by acclamation as the party’s parliamentary candidate for the December elections.
This took place in Kumasi yesterday after her main contender, Mr Robert Baffour-Awuah, failed to get the approval of the party’s national executive committee to contest.
At the Melody Hotel at Kropo in Kumasi where the acclamation took place, delegates burst into cheers and sang party songs as officials of the Electoral Commission (EC) who supervised the event declared that Ms Dapaah was the duly elected nominee of the NPP for the December parliamentary elections.
Ms Dapaah herself was all smiles and waved a white handkerchief to signal what she described as victory for the NPP.
The MP, who is also the Minister of State at the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, said in her post-election speech that she was worried about the way the primary was delayed but thanked God that everything had come to a fruitful conclusion.
She pointed out that their only political foe was the NDC, which “we must work hard to uproot once and for all”.
Ms Dapaah said she had absolute faith in the national, regional and constituency executives of the NPP and hoped they were all involved in the decision that led to the organisation of the primary.
The MP said, “The NPP stands for truth and the rule of law and I am proud to be a member of this great party.”
She promised to do everything to unite the party, and therefore asked anybody she had offended to forgive, her as she had also forgiven those who had offended her.
The Ashanti Regional Secretary of the NPP, Mr Sam Cudjoe, who officially declared Ms Dapaah as the nominee, said the party was hopeful she would work hard to win massively in the elections.
He called for total support for the candidate to enable her deliver.
The Bantama Constituency Chairman of the NPP, Mr H.K. Kokofu, said the party was going into the election to win massively.
He said they would take keen interest in the voter registration exercise to ensure that all party supporters registered to vote in December.
The former Regional Chairman of the party, Mr F.F. Anto, said it was important that party members operated within the rules and regulations governing various activities of the party.,
He noted that winning an election for the third consecutive time was always a difficult situation, and as such demanded hard work and dedication from all.