Nii Armah Ashitey and Sherry Ayittey (left)

The auditorium of the Presbyterian Church in Adabraka was on Saturday afternoon filled with excitement when the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Armah Ashitey was re-elected by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as the party’s parliamentary candidate for the Korle Klottey constituency for this year’s elections.

Out of the 383 delegates who voted, Nii Armah Ashietey polled 277 votes to retain the Klottey Korle seat, Leeford Kpakpo Quarshie had 27 votes, Wakefield Wisdom Ackuaku polled 24 votes and Frank Edmund Awuku had 54 votes.  One ballot paper was rejected by the Electoral Commission.

The other delegates pledged their unflinching support to the winner and said they would do everything in their capacity to make sure that NDC retained the seat come December 2012.

Nii Ashitey, in his speech, told the supporters of the NDC in the constituency to unite so as to retain power in the December 7 elections. “The task ahead is not an easy one. We must therefore work hard so that victory will be ours”, he said.

He urged all the supporters to bury their differences, saying, “This victory is not for me alone but for the NDC. This victory must be carried into the December 7 elections.”

Nii Ashitey said the NDC had a lot to show to the people of Ghana. “The work we have done in 3 years is more than what the NPP did in their 8 years in governance. We believe that the people of Korle Klottey will give the mandate to us again to govern them”, he said.

Just after the EC had declared Nii Ashitey the winner, one of his supporters had a scuffle with some disappointed supporters of Leeford Kpakpo Quarchie.

One of the angry supporters of Leeford went to his car, pulled a knife and chased the supporter who is believed to be in the camp of Nii Ashitey, wanting to stab him even though onlookers shouted at him to stop.

To the surprise of the people gathered at the compound of Adabraka Presby Church, the police stood by unperturbed.

The supporter who was being chased with the knife was however able to escape. Later, one of the onlookers tried to convince the policemen around to arrest the supporter who pulled the knife, but to no avail. The man with the knife then entered his car with his friends and sped off.

By Cephas Larbi

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