National Democratic Congress (NDC) delegates in Ellembelle in the Western Region have overwhelmingly endorsed incumbent Member of Parliament Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah as their parliamentary candidate for the 2020 elections.
Nine hundred and ninety-three out of 1,095 of the delegates voted for the former Energy Minister as he seeks to represent Ellembelle for the fourth time in parliament.
Ellembelle was one of two constituencies in the Western Region that had the parliamentary primaries put on hold.
This was due to an unresolved petition against an aspirant, Mieza Mea Alleah. Mr. Mea Alleah was accused of forging signatures on his nomination form.
But the Functional Executive Committee (FEC) of the party cleared him to contest. When it was time to vote, it was one name that resonated among the delegates – Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah.
For the delegates, their reason was simple and that the party needs an experienced person to represent them in the 2020 general elections.
“This is not the time to engage in any try and error. We cannot to that,” an excited Rosemond Quarshie told 3news.com.
“Here is a man who became the Energy Minister and now look at Ellembelle. We have a strategic national asset like the Ghana Gas. Ellembelle is on course to become the energy hub of Ghana all through the foundation Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah laid. How can we not vote for such a person?” another delegate Francis Eshun asked rhetorically.
In his victory speech, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah thanked the delegates for the high level of confidence reposed in him.
“This is my fourth time and once again the delegates have remained faithful. The delegates have made the right decision. I am greatly humbled by this overwhelming endorsement.”
He said, “our goal is one and that is to continue to make Ellembelle no-go area for the NPP”. Western Region Chairman of the NDC Nana Toku warned that the party will sanction any member who will still put up any act of divisiveness.
He said the election is over “and so we have to come together and work to retain the seat”.
“I am handing over the party to the constituency executives. No more Armah Buah team. No more Alleah team. We have to take the battle to the NPP.”