Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mark Okraku-Mantey and the immediate past Member of Parliament for the Ayensuano, Samuel Ayeh Paye have lost their bid to become the Parliamentary candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the constituency.
The Deputy Minister garnered 136 votes while the victor, a businesswoman, Ida Adjoa Asiedu polled the highest votes of 410.
The former MP, Samuel Ayeh Paye got 105, as two other aspirants Ernest Addo and Kingsley Boateng Adomah polled 4 and 3 votes respectively.
Ida Adjoa Asiedu in the 2020 NPP Primary contest with the former MP, then Incumbent, Samuel Ayeh Paye, who was the second runner.
She has since been working hard and wasn’t surprised to emerge with a huge margin by beating four strong men.
After being declared the winner by the Electoral Commission, she noted that she was confident she was the best candidate to win back the Ayensuano parliamentary seat for the NPP.
She said “The Constituency is at the crossroads. We are confronted with the decision to remain an orphan constituency or present an acceptable candidate to restore our relevance in the political space by winning back our seat”.
She said “Ghanaian electorate now vote for parliamentary candidates based on their worth and not necessarily the political party they belong to. The worth of an aspirant is measured by; What the person has done in her private capacity to advance the development of the community and the people. What she promises to do when given public resources”.
According to her “A test of her integrity in committing herself to her words. Going into the 2024 elections, the changing dynamics in the voting pattern in Ayensuano make it imperative for our party to put its best foot forward. It is in this light, that, we do not need a soothsayer to tell us, that, Ida Adjoa Asiedu is the best foot for the NPP going into the 2024 general election”.
She continued that her outfit has rolled out a community intervention project dubbed ”Impacting Communities, Improving Livelihood,” aimed at improving various deplorable roads in farming communities, enhancing quality education, youth empowerment, and healthcare.
In terms of job creation, she has constructed a Paper Mill manufacturing company at Anum in the Constituency for the production of tissue papers and other paper products under the One District One Factory initiative.
-BY Daniel Bampoe
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