Wives of the late Member of Parliament (MP) for Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency in the Greater Accra Region, Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko, have started lobbying for his seat even before he is buried, Today can report.
Some polling station executives and some students of the University of Ghana (UG) and GIMPA are supporting one of the widows of the late MP to contest the seat.
Mr Agyarko passed away on November 21, 2018, from a prolonged illness, and he’s yet to be buried.
A bye-election is in the offing to elect his successor.
Some constituents, however, believe the best candidate to ensure a win for the party is one of the widows, Lydia Agyarko.
“We believe that Mama Lydia is the one who has been with us through thick and thin. She was actively involved in the 2016 election, and she was able to bring on board people who were not necessarily New Patriotic Party (NPP) people and that widened the margin. We believe she has the resources, and she is the type of candidate that will unite all the people in the constituency to bring us victory when we go for this by election,” one constituent, Nii Lantey Lamptey, said.
The youth on Monday, December 10, 2018 massed up at the NPP headquarters to present a petition demanding that a woman believed to be the first wife, should be allowed to stand for the position.
Meanwhile, there’s another group of NPP members who are also pushing for another woman, believed to be the current and first wife of Agyarko, Josephine Nana Baiden Agyarko, to contest the seat.
But a family spokesperson for the wife of the late MP said Mrs Naana Baiden Agyarko had not expressed any interest in succeeding her husband for the vacant parliamentary seat.
In a radio interview yesterday, which was monitored by Today, the family spokesperson said Mrs Naana Agyarko was presently interested in how she can lay the late husband to rest and organise a befitting funeral.
He indicated that “Naana Agyarko has not given permission to anybody for them to use her name or lobby for her to succeed the late MP.”
The family spokesperson, Kwame Nsiah Poku, expressed concern about how the focus had shifted from the burial and funeral to who was to succeed the late MP.
He said the parties engaging in the politicking with Naana Agyarko’s name do not have her permission to do so.
As an MP for the governing NPP, Mr Agyarko had been the MP for the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency since 2012, after he replaced the current Chief of Staff, Frema Opare, as MP for the area.
A pharmacist by profession, he was once the Chief Executive Officer of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) during President Kufuor’s regime
In Parliament, he served on the Environment, Science and Technology Committee, chaired the Government Assurance Committee, and also served on the Health Committee.
Pix: The late Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko, former MP, Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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