Some of the big names who lost in the NPP Primaries have shocked many analysts.Meanwhile there also seems to be a major power shift in the Ashanti region.

NPPA 22- year-old second year student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has been elected the Parliamentary candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Kwabre East constituency. Francisca Oteng-Mensah, a law student beat incumbent Member of Parliament (MP),?Kofi Frimpong by polling 321 votes.

Kofi Frimpong secured 187 votes while two other aspirants,?Lawyer Osei-Poku and K. Adjei-Sefa polled?202 and 33 votes respectively.

Mr. Frimpong has been in Parliament since 2004.

In a related development,?George Andah has been elected the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Parliamentary candidate for the Awutu Senya West constituency in the Central Region. Andah will face the incumbent MP for the area, the National Democratic Congress? (NDC) Hanna Tetteh if she is retained by her party to contest the 2016 elections.

The former?Chief Marketing Officer at MTN polled 282 representing more that 50 percent of the total votes cast. On the eve of the elections, Andah on Eyewitness News predicted that he will secure over 50 percent of the votes in the primaries. The former MP for the constituency,?Oppey Abbey stepped down and threw his weight behind Andah in the lead up to the elections. He explained that his decision not to contest in the 2014 primaries was ?premised on the fact that having interacted and engaged with him and the delegates, I know he has the goodwill of the delegates and has consistently displayed the right leadership qualities needed to wrestle the seat from the NDC and improve the fortunes of our nation.?

Oppey Abbey was defeated in the 2012 general elections by NDC?s Hanna Tetteh. The party?s flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo in a tweet congratulated George Andah and welcomed him on board.

Another incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for Nhyiaeso constituency in the Ashanti Region, Richard Anane has lost his seat to Kennedy Kankam Boadu. Kankam Boadu,who once?served as the party?s regional organizer?polled 242 votes as against his contender?who attracted only 110 votes. Aside Kankam, Anane had to battle with Kwaku Appiah Menka and Stephen Amoah, a youth activist of the party.

By: Efua Idan Osam/ Follow @ osamidan


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