The new NDC faces ready for 2020
The 2019 National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary primaries are over and we have fresh faces set to face-off against notably, the governing New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) line-up of MPs for the 2020 general elections.
Myjoyonline.com has been providing comprehensive coverage of the primaries and here are some new candidates who have emerged winners.
Felix Kwakye Ofosu
The former deputy Communications Minister under the John Mahama administration, defeated seven others to pick the Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese constituency in the ticket Central Region.
It has been traditionally an NDC seat for chances are, Felix Kwakye Ofosu could be heading to Parliament in 2021, where his praised debating skills will come in handy.
Francis Xavier Sosu
The renowned Human Rights and Public Interest lawyer secured the ticket to represent the NDC in the Madina-Abokobi constituency but on his second attempt.
Sosu lost in his previous attempt to then-incumbent, Amadu Sorogho who went on to lose the seat in the 2016 polls to the NPP’s Boniface Saddique.
Saddique will now go into next year’s election as the incumbent with the hope of retaining the seat but not before the head-to-head contest with Sosu who is equally fired up to represent the constituency.
Little was known and heard of him until he filed the nomination forms to contest the Wa West ticket in the Upper West Region.
Superintendent Peter Lanchene Tuubo (retired) once served as Executive Secretary to then Inspector-General of Police, David Asante-Apeatu.
He resigned on May 1, 2019, to contest the race.
He knocked out incumbent MP for Wa West, Joseph Yileh Chireh after recording an impressive 755 votes as against 317 garnered by the former Health Minister.
It is almost certain Mr. Tuubu will be in the next Parliament and contribute to debates on security matters as the Wa West seat created in 2004 has been a safe seat for the opposition NDC.
The multi-hyphenate dropped from contesting the January 31 by-election in the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency which turned bloody following the violent clashes witnessed on voting day.
On the July 19, however, Dumelo picked up a nomination form to contest in the NDC primaries as a parliamentary candidate. On polling day, he secured a massive endorsement from the delegates who gave him their backing to lead the NDC into next year’s polls.
Dumelo could face the incumbent Seyram Alhassan -the widow of late former MP, Kyeremateng Agyarko- in the 2020 polls which promises to be a hotly contested one.
The former National Organiser of the opposition party also kicked out the sitting MP for Buem in the Oti Region, Daniel Kosi Ashiamah.
Mr. Adams secured 388 votes to unseat Ashiamah, who polled 280 votes. With Buem a safe seat for the NDC, the former Spokesperson for former President Jerry John Rawlings is almost certain to be in the next Parliament.
Dr Hamza Adam
The lecturer with the University for Development Studies (UDS) shocked poll watchers when beat the incumbent and popular Ras Mubarak, with 401 votes against 273. He will now lead the NDC in the Kumbungu constituency of the Northern Region, going into the general elections next year.