Story: Samuel Duodu, Fiapre
The Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Ignatius Baffour Awuah, has been elected as the New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary candidate to contest the Sunyani West Constituency seat in the Brong Ahafo Region during the December general elections.
At the party’s constituency delegates’ conference held at Fiapre in the Sunyani West District on Monday and supervised by the Sunyani Municipal Directorate of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mr Baffour Awuah polled 110 votes out of the 113 votes cast, while his main opponent, Dr Joseph Adu-Mensah, a lecturer at the Kwadaso Agriculture College in the Ashanti Region, obtained three votes.
The 113 delegates out of a total of 115 voted while two were absent. Two other aspirants, Madam Evelyn Adarkwa Frema, the Proprietress of St Declan Preparatory School at Odumase No. 1, and Prof. Acheampong Yaw Amoateng, Director of Child, Youth and Social Development, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), who had filed their nominations withdrew from the contest some few minutes to voting.
Mr Ofori Pewiah, the Municipal Director of the EC, after the counting of the ballots cast which went in favour of Mr Baffour Awuah, subsequently declared him as the winner amidst thunderous applause from the crowd that had gathered outside the Fiapre Methodist Church, the venue for the primaries.
In his victory speech, Mr Baffour Awuah pledged to work closely with all the aspirants to ensure that the party recorded a wider margin in both the presidential and the parliamentary elections.
He thanked the delegates for electing him to contest on the party’s ticket for the Sunyani West Constituency in the forthcoming general elections and pledged that he would provide the polling station executive with the necessary logistics to embark on a vigorous campaign to retain the parliamentary seat for the party.
Mr Baffour Awuah urged supporters of the party to close their ranks and work hard to ensure that the party retained power and the Sunyani West parliamentary seat in the December polls.
He also promised to use his wealth of experience to lobby for more development projects to the constituency and therefore appealed to the electorate to vote massively for him.
Conceding defeat, Dr Adu-Mensah pledged to throw his weight behind Mr Baffour Awuah to ensure that the party retained the parliamentary seat.