The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) over the weekend concluded its primaries, an exercise which will prepare the party fully for the crucial 2020 general election in December.
There were shocks and drama galore on Saturday, as many big names were defeated by those who were considered as underdogs by political pundits.
The results showed as many as 40 out of 169 incumbent NPP Members of Parliament (MPs) being dethroned, and the effect is that they all cannot be in the next Parliament in the name of the NPP, which commences on January 7, 2021.
As many as seven bigwigs who have tasted ministerial positions with at least five of them still holding on to their posts have been taken down.
The ministers who were booted out at the primaries are Joseph Kofi Adda, Minister of Aviation; Kwabena Owusu Aduomi, a Deputy Minister for Roads and Highways; Eric Kwakye Darfour, Eastern Regional Minister; Kingsley Aboagye Gyedu, Western North Regional Minister; and Dr. Sagre Bambangi, a Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture.
The Deputy Minister of Communications, Vincent Sowah Odotei, who was relieved of his position recently as well as immediate past Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, William Agyapong Quaitoo, all lost their posts.
There were close calls in some of the constituencies where some contestants recorded as little as three-vote margins to scrape through, while in others there were landslide victories.
Conspiracy theories associated with such events were not missing as tempers flared up in pockets of the constituencies.
Issues of isolated violence were recorded in places such as Effiduase Asokore where a candidate was said to have snatched the album containing the names of the delegates, and the police had to intervene to halt the violence from escalating.
In two constituencies, namely Ashanti Akyem North and Subin, both in the Ashanti Region, the election appeared to have ‘gone ahead’ in spite of court injunction over albums.
In both instances, opponents of the sitting MPs had said the so-called results would not be recognized by the party, because they were not supervised by the Electoral Commission (EC) as mandated by the electoral rules.
From the Ashanti Region which is the stronghold of the NPP, I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr. Reports that among the prominent MPs that lost their seats included Daniel Okyem Aboagye of Bantama, who was toppled by a Deputy Chief of Staff, Francis Asenso-Boakye, while Kennedy Kankam, the MP for the Nhyiaeso Constituency, was also dislodged by MASCLOC Boss, Stephen Amoah, aka Sticker.
At Manhyia North, Collins Owusu Amankwah was beaten by Akwasi Konadu with just five votes margin, while Kwabena Owusu Aduomi also lost the Ejisu seat to John Kumah with 90 votes difference.
Veteran K. T. Hammond retained his seat with 238 votes as against Samuel Dakwa Binfoh’s 180 votes at Adansi Asokwa.
At Affigya Kwabre North, Collins Adomako Mensah won with 93 votes, followed by Nana Marfo Amaniampong, 90; Daniel Dweteh-Agyare, 67; Raymond Opoku, 30; Peter Antwi Boasiako, 23; and Samson Opoku Ware, 19.
The Akrofuom seat was won by Alex Blankson, 134, followed by Sarfo Abu Maxwell, 68; Francis Agyei Amponsah, 42; George Obeng Frimpong, 20; Kwabena Pobi, 19, Faustina Araba Boakye, 4; and Charles Korankye Donkor, 1.
Kwame Ayimadu Antwi won with 251 votes at Asante Akim Central and his only opponent, Kofi Ofosu Nkansah, had 210 votes, while at Asante Akim North, where there was a court injunction, it was won by Andy Appiah Kubi with 501 votes, while Kwadwo Baah Agyeman, who boycotted the process, garnered 1 vote.
Asante Akim South was won by incumbent Kwaku Asante Boateng, 362, followed by musician Bice Obuor Osei-Kuffour aka Obuor, 296; William Yamoah, 38; Eric Amofa, 12; and Edmond Oppong-Peprah, 9 votes.
Strangely, before the results were announced, Obuor and his team had started jubilating, but he later received a shock of his life when official results indicated he had lost.
At Atwima Kwanwoma, Kofi Amankwa Manu won with 410 votes, followed by Nana Kwaku Owusu Acheampong, 197, and Dr. Kojo Appiah Kubi, 73.
At Atwima Nwabiagya, incumbent Benito Owusu-Bio took first place with 339 votes, followed by Frank Yeboah with 151 votes.
Francis Asenso-Boakye captured Bantama with 455 votes from Daniel Okyem Aboagye, who polled 122 votes.
Bosome Freho was won by Akwasi Darko Boateng with 191 votes, followed by Peter Adjei Agyeman, 140, and Joyce Adwoa Ako Dei, 76.
At Effiduase Asokore, Dr. Nana Ayew Afriyie won with 332 votes as Kwame Adom Appiah placed second with 68 votes.
John Kumah snatched the Ejisu ticket with 397 votes from the incumbent Kwabena Owusu-Aduomi who secured 307 votes. Besides, Abena Pokua Amoah-Boaitey got five votes while Juaben retained Ama Pomaa Boateng with 192 votes, and Alexander Kwasi Oppong Poku finished second with 184 votes.
Kumawu was won by incumbent Philip Basoah, 184, followed by Edward Kofi Osei, 73; Dr. Philip Yaw Banor, 60; and Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Robert Kwame Ahomka-Lindsay, 52.
Mampong saw Kwaku Ampratwum Sarpong winning with 295 votes, followed by Benjamin Arthur, 206; and Francis Addai-Nimoh, 134.
At Manhyia North, Akwasi Konadu pulled a shocker when he defeated two-term incumbent Collins Owusu Amankwah with 278 votes to 273.
Manso Adubia was won by Addo Yaw Frimpong with 283 votes, followed by Kofi Osei-Afoakwa, 242 votes, while Manso Nkwanta was won by incumbent George Oduro, with 217 votes, followed by Quarm Joseph Albert, 157; Grace Addo, 119; Owusu Mensah, 40; and Emmanuel Oppong Boakye-Yiadom, 38 votes.
Stephen Amoah won Nhyiaeso with 332 votes by defeating incumbent Kennedy Kankam who polled 315 votes.
At Nsuta Kwaman Beposo, Adelaide Yaa Agyeiwaa Ntim, won with 268 votes, followed by Kwame Asafu-Adjei, 170 and Alhaji Kofi Baryeh, 107 votes, while at Obuasi East, incumbent Dr. Patrick Boakye Yiadom won with 263, followed by Enoch Anhwere Afoakwah, 159 and Samuel Kwesi Owusu Bawua, 55.
Obuasi West was won by Kwaku Agyeman Kwarteng with 383 votes, followed by Godfrey Banin, 134, and Faustina Oppong Sarfo, 45, while the Odotobri seat was won by Emmanuel Akwasi Gyamfi with 369 votes, followed by Anthony Mmieh, 305 votes.
At Offinso South, Dr. Isaac Yaw Opoku defeated incumbent Ben Abdellah Banda with 473 votes as against 166 votes and Desmond Chris Appiah, 43 votes.
Oforikrom was taken by Emmanuel Marfo with 545 votes, followed by Emmanuel Yaw Amankwa with 346 votes.
Old Tafo/Pankrono was won by Vincent Ekow Assafuah Jnr with 299 votes, followed by Louise Carol Serwaa Donkor, 113; Prince Odeneho Oppong, 90; Emmanuel Obeng, 44; Lord Inusah Lansah, 27; and Archibald Ntiri-Acquah, 0.
Assafuah will replace the Minister of Monitoring and Evaluation Dr. Anthony Akato Osei, who is not contesting this time around, while at Subin, where there was said to be a court process, it was controversially won by Eguene Boakye-Antwi with 485 votes and he was followed by Joseph Boakye-Danquah with 166 votes.
The Kwadaso seat, which is being contested by Dr. Kingsley Nyarko of the National Accreditation Board, Vincent Frimpong Manu of the Middle Belt Development Authority and the incumbent Dr. Samiu Kwadwo Nuamah, was postponed at the eleventh-hour due to some alleged legal issues.
DAILY GUIDE understands it will be held on Wednesday.
In the other constituencies where the candidates went unopposed, they were all acclaimed by the EC officials.
They include Suame for Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, Manyia South for Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, aka Napo, who is the Education Minister.
William Owuraku Aidoo, Afigya Kwabre South; Madam Patricia Appiagyei, Asokwa; Mavis Nkansah Boadu, Afigya Sekyere East; Suleman Adamu Sanid, Ahafo Ano North; Francis Manu Adabor, Ahafo Ano South East; Isaac Kwame Asiamah, Atwima Mponua; and Emmanuel Agyei Anhwere, Atwima Nwabiagya South also went unopposed.
Also retaining their seats due to no contest were Joseph Osei-Owusu, Bekwai; Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, Bosomtwe; Philip Ofori-Asante, Fomena; Francisca Oteng Mensah, Kwabre East; George Boahen Oduro, New Edubiase; and Augustine Collins Ntim, Offinso North.
From the Greater Accra Region, Charles Takyi-Boadu reports that the election witnessed an interesting turn of events with a number of surprises and upsets.
The incumbent MP for Ablekuma North, Akua Owusu Afriyie, suffered a defeat at hands of Sheila Bartels, daughter of NPP veteran Kwamena Bartels, a former MP for the area.
She got 518 votes to carry the day with the MP bagging 315 while the delegates gave Kojo Bawuah 88 votes and John Abgotey, 20.
MP for Okaikoi South Ahmed Arthur, however, failed in his bid to renew his mandate as new entrant. Darkoa Newman beat him with 440 votes against 327 votes, while another contender, Nana Fredua Ofori-Atta, garnered only 21 votes.
Gerald Nii Tetteh Nyanyofio polled 543 to defeat sacked Deputy Minister for Communications who is MP for La Dadekotopon, Vincent Sowah Odotei, who had 376 votes, while the third force, Comfort Adei Kotey, managed to get 46.
There was showdown in Tema Central where the incumbent MP, Kofi Brako, was also dropped by the delegates in favour of Nii Noi Yves Hanson-Nortey who bagged 187 of the 513 total votes cast, while Charles Gordon got 168 votes, with Kofi Brako, who seemed to have fallen out with the youth of the area, securing 158 votes and nothing for one Agyemang Prempeh.
Only a miracle saved the Minister of State in charge of Fisheries and Aqua Culture, Elizabeth Naa Afoley Quaye from being removed in the Krowor Constituency after beating her main contender with just three votes.
She secured 362 out of the 722 total valid votes cast while Engineer (Ing) Emmanuel Odai polled 359 and another Eric Nii Ayikoi Okine with 13 votes.
The race at Dome-Kwabenya was up close with incumbent MP Sarah Adwoa Safo saved by the bell with just eight-vote difference to beat her opponent, Mike Ocquaye Jnr.
While Adwoa, Minister for Procurement, secured 496 of the 984 total valid votes cast, Ocquaye, who is the country’s High Commissioner to India, polled 488 votes.
Incumbent Ablekuma Central MP Ebenezer Nartey, however, managed to scale over threats from Paul Lamptey with 851 votes as against his contender’s 152 out of 1,003 valid votes.
At Okaikoi North, incumbent Fuseini Issah warded off competition from two-time contender, journalist Ken Agyei Kuranchie, with 305 votes as against Ken’s 284 of the 589 valid votes.
The incumbent Adentan MP who doubles as Communications Director for the governing NPP, Yaw Buaben Asamoa, was retained after beating Emmanuel Kwesi Mantey, Freda Agyemang Sarpong, Rahman Zak, and Alfred Ababio Kumi.
Yaw Buaben Asamoa secured 423 of the 744 valid votes cast, followed by Emmanuel Kwesi Mantey with 217 votes, Freda Agyemang Sarpong, 8; Rahman Zak, 87; and Alfred Ababio Kumi, 10.
MP for Tema West, Carlos Ahenkora won with 593 of the 846 total valid votes cast. His closest rival Kwesi Poku secured 177 votes, while the other contender, Keku Armquasi-Armuzuah took home 76 votes.
The Deputy Minister of Transport, Nii Kwartei Titus Glover, did not have much a difficulty walking over his contender, Benjamin Armah Ashitey in Tema West, with 522 out of the 755 valid votes cast against Benjamin’s 233.
At Bortianor, Ngleshie, Amanfrom, NYA boss Sylvester Tetteh won massively with 317 out of 537 votes to take over from the incumbent MP, Alhaji Habib Saad.
He was followed by George Addo Osei Ware who obtained six votes while Gifty Mensah had nothing on her score card and Fred Abban taking home a cool 36 votes.
At Anyaa Sowutuom where the incumbent MP, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, is no longer contesting, Dr. Adomako Kissi carried the day with 324 votes, while the likes of Nana Ama Asafo Boakye surprisingly had two votes; Edna Sackey, three votes; Emmanuel Tobin, 209 votes; and the MCE, Dr. Emmanuel Lamptey, 294 out of 832 valid votes cast.
From the home of President Akufo-Addo in the Eastern Region, Daniel Bampoe reports that seven sitting MPs have been kicked out of the race to lead their party in their respective constituencies and it included one of them who has been in Parliament since 1997.
They include Fredrick Opare Ansah who has held the Suhum seat since 1997; Dr. Mark Assibey-Yeboah, New Juaben South; Eric Kwakye Darfour, Nkawkaw; William Agyapong Quaitoo, Akim Oda; Seth Kwame Acheampong, Mpraeso; Mercy Adu Gyamfi aka Ama Sey, Akwatia; Kwabena Ohemeng, Tinyase–Kade; and Robert Kwasi Amoah, Achiase.
The epicentre of the contest was in New Juaben South in Koforidua where Dr. Assibey-Yehoah, who is the Chairman of Parliament’s Finance Committee, with 200 votes lost to Michael Okyere Baafi, Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Free Zones Authority, who battled it out with him for the second time, and had 372 votes.
The Eastern Regional Minister, Kwarkye Daffour, who contested with five others, lost the race to the Constituency Organiser, Joseph Frimpong.
The Regional Minister had 159, ex-MP Kwabena Adusa Okerchiri, 28; ex-MP Seth Adjei Baah, aka Shaaba, 156; Lawyer Joyce Opoku Boateng, 82; and David Asante Boateng of ‘Let My Vote Count’ fame, 73.
At Suhum, Mr. Opare Ansah, aka Suhum Mugabe, due to his long stay in Parliament lost to a businessman, Kwadwo Asante. Opare Ansah scored 272 out of the 666 total votes cast as his opponent won with 394 votes.
Enterprising Mercy Adu Gyamfi, aka Ama Sey, the hairdresser from Akwatia who unseated the NDC’s Baba Jamal in 2016, sadly lost by only four votes and is said to be calling for a recount.
Ernest Yaw Kumi, who scored 227, beat Ama who polled 233 and the others – Bernard Owiredu and Robert Ampretwum – secured 77 and 13 votes respectively.
At Mpraeso, the incumbent, Seth Acheampong, lost the race to David Opoku aka OPK, who got 402 as against Seth’s 106, while another incumbent, William Agyapong Quaitoo, with 169 votes also lost to Alexander Akwasi Acquah with 215 votes at Akyem Oda.
At Achiase, the incumbent, Robert Kwasi Amoah had 127 as against Kofi Ahenkorah, who garnered 186, with Samuel Okyere Darko and Emmanuel Brako getting two and five votes respectively.
The incumbent MP for Kade, Kwabena Ohemeng Tiyase also lost with 107, as his contender, Alexander Kwadwo Agyare, won with 305 votes. Eric Ntiri Mensah had 93; Kofi Ntow, 152; and Dickson Akwasi Yeboah, 15.
Incumbent Samuel Ayeh Paye won with 307 votes by beating his contenders, namely Adwoa Aseidu, 160; Josephine Awuku Asiedu, 18; and Mark Reindolf Tetteh, who amassed 57 at Ayensuano.
At the Akwapim South Constituency, the incumbent, O. B. Amoah, won with 266 votes by beating his opponents, Eric Samuel Annor-Mensah, 74, and Kwame Ofori Gyau, 93.
Frank Annoh Dompreh retained the Nsawam/Adoagyiri seat with 613 votes by beating Lawyer David Adu Tutu, 483; and Afua Kyerewaa Nyantakyi, four.
The Deputy Minister of Education in charge of COVTET, Gifty Twum Ampofo, who is the incumbent for Abuakwa North, retained her seat with 150 votes out of 417 total votes cast.
Her contenders, Kofi Obeng-Mensah had 112 votes while Nana Serwaa Acheampong got 36 and Kay Amoah Jnr. polled 116.
At New Juaben North, the Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Nana Adjei Boateng, retained his seat by beating his main contender, the former Eastern Regional Chairman of NPP, Dr. Samuel Annor.
Gifty Klenam’s hope for a comeback was dashed when she was beaten by Charles Acheampong at Lower West Akim.
Acheampong got 181 followed by Kwabena Sintim Aboagye, 179; Kwabena Odame Antwi, 96; and Ms. Klenam, 54.
All the 12 who went unopposed were acclaimed by their delegates across the constituencies in the region.
They include former Deputy Eastern Regional Minister and MP for Upper Manya Krobo, Joseph Tetteh; Minister of Information and MP for Ofoase-Ayerebi, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah; Minister for Integration and Regional Re-organisation and MP for Okere, Daniel Botwe; MP for Fanteakwa North, Kwabena Amankwa Asiamah; Minister of Roads and Highways and MP for Atiwa West, Kwasi Amoako-Attah, and Deputy Minister of Finance and MP for Atiwa East, Abena Osei-Asare.
The rest are MP for Asene-Akroso-Manso, George Aboagye; Deputy Minister of Information and MP for Akuapem North, Asiamah–Adjei Nana Dokua; Deputy Minister of Agriculture and MP for Akim Swedru, Kennedy Osei Nyarko; Minister of Works and Housing and MP for Abuakwa South, Samuel Atta Akyea; MP for Abirem, Osei Frimpong John and Minister of State at the Interior Ministry and MP for Abetifi, Bryan Acheampong.
From the Western Region, Emmanuel Opoku reports that the dream of four incumbent MPs in the Western Region to return to Parliament in 2021 were dashed as they lost the party’s primaries on Saturday.
They are Joseph Mensah, MP for Kwesimitsim; Alex Agyekum, MP for Mpohor, Ato Panford, MP for Shama; and Patrick Saime of Amenfi East.
In the Kwesimintsim Constituency, the Executive Secretary of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NACCA), Dr. Prince Hamid Armah, got 222 votes to defeat the incumbent, Joseph Mensah, who had 167 votes, while at Mpohor, the incumbent, Alex Agyekum, garnered 100 votes, while his challenger, John Sanie, had 192.
At Shama, incumbent MP Ato Panford was also defeated by Samuel Erickson Abekah, a lawyer. The incumbent had 209 votes, while his contender polled 263.
At Amenfi East, the incumbent Patrick, Bogyako-Saime, lost with 234 votes as against 562 polled by his contender, Edward Amo-Acquah.
In the Ahanta West Constituency, the incumbent MP, Ebenezer Kojo Kum, secured 472 votes to beat a former DCE, Kwesi Biney, who had 249.
In Takoradi, the incumbent MP and Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah won with 341 votes, while his main contender, Jane Edna Nyame, Executive Director of the National Commission on Culture (NCC), had 196 votes.
Joseph Cudjoe, the incumbent MP for Effia and a Deputy Energy Minister polled 312 votes to beat his only contender Adwoa Kwegyiriba, a lecturer at the Takoradi Technical University, who had 105.
The Sekondi, Tarkwa-Nsuaem, Jomoro, Evalue-Ajomoro-Gwira, Prestea-Huni Valley and Essikado-Ketan MPs went unopposed by acclamation.
They include Andrew Egyapa Mercer, Sekondi; George Mireku Duker, Tarkwa-Nsuaem; Paul Essien, Jomoro; Catherine Abelema Afeku, Evalue-Ajomoro-Gwira; Barbara Oteng Gyasi, Prestea-Huni Valley; and Joe Ghartey, Essikado-Ketan.
In the Bibiani-Anwhiaso-Bekwai Constituency, a former Managing Director of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transport (BOST), Alfred Obeng Boateng, defeated the incumbent and the Western North Regional Minister, Kingsley Aboagye Gyedu.
The former BOST MD polled 578 votes to defeat Mr. Aboagye-Gyedu, who had 188 votes.
In the Central Region, three incumbents lost their seats. They include MP for Upper Denkyira East, Nana Amoako who has held the seat for the past 20 years but was beaten by Dr. Festus Kwoffie, with 279 votes. Nana secured 243 votes.
The MP for Twifo Atti-Mokwaa, Abraham Dwuma Odoom, was shocked by Ebenezer Dwamena, who polled 206 votes to pick the ticket, with Prof. Francis Owusu-Mensah getting 180 votes while the incumbent managed to garner 119 votes.
At Asikuma Odobeng Brakwa, incumbent Anthony Effah was defeated by a former District Chief Executive for the area, Emmanuel Adjei Domson with 244 votes.
The incumbent MP for Cape North, Barbara Asher-Ayisi, however, was retained with 199 votes to beat three other contenders – Lawrence Ampah, 150; Joseph Thomas Baidoo, 63; and Philip Longdon, 26.
At Gomoa West, Alexander Kojo Abban polled 525 votes to defeat his sole challenger, Abas Kojo Acquah, who had 192 votes.
At Awutu Senya West, the incumbent MP and Deputy Minister for Communications, George N. Andah, got 438 votes to beat the only contender, Joseph Aidoo, who garnered 191 votes.
In the Abura Asebu Kwamankese Constituency, incumbent Elvis Morris Donkoh had 475 votes to defeat Kobina Nyanteh who had 220, while at at Assin North, incumbent Abena Duruwa Mensah also won with 389 votes. She defeated Eric Amankwah Blay, 44; and Emmanuel Antwi- Boasiako, six.
At Agona West, Gender Minister Cynthia Morrison defeated four contenders, including ex-MP Samuel Obodai, to retain her position.
From the Bono Region, Daniel Y. Dayee reports that two out of eight MPs fell in the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions.
They are William Kwasi Sabie, MP for Dormaa East, and Dr. Twum Nuamah for Berekum East.
Paul Twum Barima eliminated William Sabie in Dromaa East with 225 votes as against 153 votes, while Nelson Kyeremeh at Berekum East defeated Dr. Twum Nuamah with 286 votes as against 232 votes.
The six MPs who were lucky to go through were Jaman South’s Yaw Maama Afful, 324; Tain’s Gabriel Osei, 345; Wenchi’s Prof Gyan Baffour (Minister for Planning), 172; who was closely chased by Albert Ameyaw with 167 votes.
At Sunyani East, Kwasi Ameyaw Cheremeh had 564 as against his only contender, Alfred Tuah-Yeboah who got 227 votes.
In Bono East, MP for Nkoranza North and Deputy Minister for Defence, Derek Oduro, won with 237 votes as against Jacqueline Boatemaa’s 195 votes.
Martin Oti Gyarko, MP for Techiman North and Deputy Bono East Region, defeated Smith Mbakimbeh with 346 votes as against 105.
Ahafo Regional Minister and MP for Asunafo North Evans Opoku Bobie won with 675 votes to beat two others, Farouk Nkrumah, 122; and Paul Gyan, 12.
From the Northern Region, Eric Kombat reports that Umar Farouk Aliu Mahama, son of the late Vice-President Alhaji Aliu Mahama, has been elected as the NPP candidate for the Yendi Constituency.
Farouk secured 244 votes to beat Abibata Shanni Mahama, who polled 210, with Baba Osman Daney securing 139 votes.
At Nanton, the incumbent, Mohammed Hardi Tuferu, has been retained by delegates as the parliamentary candidate for the Nanton Constituency after beating Kamaldeen Mohammed with 205 votes as against 129.
Habib Iddrisu, a presidential staffer, beat the incumbent MP for Tolon, Alhaji Wahab Suhuyini Wumbei, to represent the party in the 2020 general election.
Habib Iddrisu obtained 338, with the incumbent Alhaji Wahab Suhuyini Wumbei securing 164 votes. Jagbo Baako polled 10 votes while Mohammed Zakaria got 10 with Hajia Amama Sayibu amassing two votes.
Abraham Binapadam Jawol garnered 211 to defeat the incumbent MP for the Saboba, Charles Bintim, who got 136, with Kayil Banabas managing to secure 16 votes.
At Wulensi, Thomas Donkor Ogajah, the incumbent member of Parliament narrowly escaped defeat in the NPP primaries. He managed to secure 212 votes, with Alhaji Harun obtaining 210.
North East Region
At Walewale, the hometown of Vice-President D. Bawumia, Lariba Z. Abudu defeated incumbent Sagre Bambangi, who is the Deputy Agric Minister, to represent the party in the Walewale Constituency.
Lariba Z. Abudu obtained 275 to beat Sagre Bambangi who polled 96 votes, while other aspirants Zakaria Yidana secured 23, Seth Boyoyo, 43; Ishak Ibrahim, 24; and Alutia Suzana, 161.
In the Nalerigu/Gambaga Constituency, Hajia Alima Mahama, the MP for the Nalerigu/Gambaga Constituency, who doubles as the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, was retained.
The minister obtained 484 votes while Sampa S. Mohammed polled 98, with Musah Yamba Issahaku securing 82 votes.
In the Bunkpurugu Constituency, Solomon Namiliit Boar, was re-elected. He obtained 261 votes beating his closest contender Francis Tigoti who secured 127 votes while Jabong Minyilia had 26 with Daniel Janama managing one vote.
From the Upper East Region, Ebo Bruce-Quansah reports that incumbent Joseph Kofi Adda, Minister of Aviation, was taken down by the ‘Lioness’ Tangoba Abayage in Navrongo Central.
Ms. Abayage, who happens to be the first female regional minister and the first woman to ever contest in a parliamentary primary in the Navrongo Central Constituency since 1992, polled 307, while the incumbent Kofi Adda polled 269 votes.
In the Zebilla Constituency, Deputy Upper East Regional Minister and incumbent MP for Zebilla, Frank Fuseini Adongo, sprang a surprise by beating a one-time National Executive and development worker, Dr. John Kingsley Krugu.
Frank Fuseini Adongo obtained a total of 323 votes, while Dr. John Kingsley Krugu polled 280.
In the Tempane Constituency, the Deputy Attorney General and Member of Parliament for Tempane, Joseph Dindiok Kpemka, was acclaimed by the delegates to represent the NPP come December 7, 2020.
In the Upper West Region, incumbent Patrick Adamu was shocked by Salifu Naluwie who polled 221 as against the MP’s 145, while John Boscos Luri Tia got nine votes.
Issahaku Amidu Chinnia with 250 votes defeated Ridwan Abass Dauda with 195 at Sissala East, while at Lawra, Deputy Minister of Roads, Anthony Karbo, retained his position with 403 votes to beat his contender, Joseph Wilson Dontah, who had 32.