The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Klottey Korle in the Greater Accra Region, Nii Armah Ashietey has denied reports that he will not be contesting the party’s primary.
Speaking to the Daily Dispatch, the 65-year-old lawyer, Nii Ashietey said, “it is not true that I have retired from politics and that I will not be contesting the NDC’s primary in Klottey Korle. I will contest the primary and I am sure that the delegates know the amount of work I have put in the constituency, to even attract the votes of more floating voters in the 2016 elections.
On the possibility of facing Dr. Ezenator Rawlings, should she respond to calls on her to contest the NDC primary, the two-team MP responded, “all competition is welcome".
As a background, below is the original story, first published in the Dispatch last week Tuesday (JULY 14): “A Rawlings To Contest NDC Primaries”
A political Desk Report
As the New Patriotic Party (NPP) winds down its parliamentary primaries, the ruling national Democratic Congress (NDC) is getting ready to start theirs.
There are credible indications that pressure is mounting from the grassroots of the NDC for the eldest child of the former First Family, Dr. Ezenator Rawlings to contest the NDC primaries. It is likely that if ex-President Jerry Rawlings and his wife, Nana Konadu agree to convince Ezenator to heed to those calls, she would be spoilt for choice.
In the Greater Accra Region, it is likely that she could contest in the NDC primaries in the Klottey Korle constituency where the incumbent NDC MP is a 65-year-old lawyer, Nii Armah Ashietey. There are credible reports Nii Ashietey would not be contesting the NDC primaries – he will retire from active politics. If Ezenator decides to contest in the Klottey Korle constituency, she is likely to meet the person tipped to win the NPP’s primary in Klottey Korle, Mr. Philip Addison, a lawyer. Klottey Korle is one of the swing constituencies in Ghanaian elections. The NDC won ten seat in 2012 with 36,122 votes (48.55%) and the NPP – 34,847 (46.83%).
Ezenator, who is a medical doctor, is also being courted by some constituencies in the Volta Region to contest the primaries there.
The NDC MP for Ablekuma South, Mr. Fritz Frederic Baffour, 63, is quitting Parliament. He will not be contesting the NDC primary and the Mayor of Accra, Mr. Alfred Oko Vanderpuye is one of those expected to contest to be the NDC’s candidate.
The NPP won the Ayawaso Central seat in 2008 and 2012 by a margin of less 1,000 votes. The incumbent MP, Mr. Henry Qautey, will be flying the NPP’s flag in 2016. One of the persons likely to contest the NDC’s primaries in this constituency is the Director of Communications at Zoomlion, Mr. Robert Coleman.
The daily Dispatch will be giving our readers updates as the NDC primaries approach.”
Source: Daily Dispatch
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