—as Avedzi calls for total Unity
Ketu North Constituency has secured nine hundred and ninth nine (999) votes representing 98.61% as one of the splendid results for former President John Dramani Mahama, at the Saturday February 23,presidential primary of the NationalDemocratic Ingress(NDC) held at the premises of Global Evangelical Church, Dzodze.
The 98.61% votes for John Dramani Mahama reflected the continuous effort of the NDC leadership led by Dr James Klutse Avedzi , Member of Parliament for the area and his party executives in the Constituency.
This achievement, according to the delegates would undoubtedly reflect in the 2020 election since the enthusiasm of the party members in the Constituency to ensure that the party comes back to power.
Nonetheless, Dr James Avedzi, who is the Deputy Minority Leader of parliament, advised members of the NDC, especially supporters of the presidential candidate aspirants to work together so as to avoid an implosion after the presidential primary.
According to him, there is much work ahead for the party to ensure victory at the 2020 general election and urged that all supporters of the aspirants must eschew any grievance and work for unity of the party.
Dr Avedzi who is the Member of Parliament for Ketu North made the call after the constituency under his leadership secured 98.61% votes for former President John Mahama.
At closed of polls supervised by the Electoral Commission (EC), former President John Mahama who is seeking mandate of the party teeming supporters to lead them into 2020 had 999 votes representing 98.61% of total votes cast of 1,013 out of 1,016 delegates.
The other aspirants including Augustus Goosie Tanoh and Professor Joshua Alabi, had four votes each, while Alban Bagbin , Sylvester Mensah and Dr Ekow Spio Gabrah also managed to obtained one vote each.
Alhaji Iddrisu Nurudeen had zero and three ballots were rejected, while five ballots also got spoiled after counts of votes cast.
Mr Philip Adzomadi, the Municipal Director of Election of the Electoral Commission declared the results after polls closed.
He thanked the delegates, agents of the seven aspirants, the Security officers, the Media and members of the NDC party for a successful conduct of the presidential primary.
Before voting, the slogan on the ground among party faithful was “Asamoah Gyan, ” the black Star Skipper who wears number 3.Jersey. This undoubtedly meant that the delegates were all for John Mahama who was number three on the ballot.
Voting started earl in the constituency when polls was opened. Delegates who could not wait to exercise their franchise for their prefer candidate were in queues and took their turns to cast their votes as early at 7:45 am.
Hon Avedzi who held the constituency for four term could not hide his joy as he expressed gratefulness to delegates for endorsing the former president.
He told Journalists after the declaration of the results that, the victory of John Mahama at the primary is just the beginning of the journeyed NDC back to the Flag Staff House.
The Deputy Minority said, “I want to take this opportunity to thank the delegates for votes for the former President. This is just the beginning of our journey back to the Flag Staff House, but we need to work together.”
“Now that the presidential primary is over, I will urge supporters of all the aspirants in Ketu North to come together. We must unite ahead of 2020, because that is where the real work is needed. But I must also say that I am grateful to all delegates for conducting themselves peacefully to ensure that this elections comes to a successful end,” he stated.
It came as no surprise to see the former president becoming the overall best candidate with an overwhelmingly victory in the constituency.
The achievement of the Saturday presidential primary results in the Ketu North came as a result of the hard working MP, Dr Avedzi and his entire party executives.
In the 2016 general elections, John Mahama won in the Ketu North with31,068 representing 76.31 percent to beat Nana Akufo Addo who managed to obtained 9,230 representing 22.67 percent.
On the parliamentary election in 2016 , Dr Avedzi beat his main rival Samuel Kofi Dzamesi of the New Patriotic Party with 25, 260 votes representing 61.45 percent, while Mr Dzamesi obtained 15,596 representing 37.94 percent.
This, the Deputy Minority Leader challenged the leadership of the party in the Constituency to work hard to ensure that the NDC retain the seat and also win the 2020 presidential elections.
Mr Bismarck Adrigbate, Constituency Chairman said, NDC would work hard to retain the parliamentary seat and subsequently win the Presidential elections.
He assured that NDC would increase its members base in Ketu North and would vote for a President that would improve their lives and that of entire Ghanaians.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba