Ayawaso by-election : Prez Akufo-Addo congratulates MP- elect Lydia Alhassan

By Mutala Yakubu
Ayawaso by-election: Prez Akufo-Addo congratulates MP-elect Lydia Alhassan

President Akufo-Addo has congratulated MP-elect for the Ayawaso West Wuogon Madam Lydia Alhassan. 

Madam Lydia Alhassan who stood on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has now been elected the Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon.

Official results released by the Electoral Commission show the late MPs wife polled 12,030 out of the total 17,448 votes cast, leaving the NDC’s Delali Kwesi Brempong with a paltry 5,299 votes.

Madam Alhassan is the wife of late New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP Kyeremanten Agyarko who held the seat until his death in 2018.
The elections were marred by violence and the NDC pulled out.

Ayawaso by-election : Prez Akufo-Addo congratulates MP- elect Lydia Alhassan

Despite the EC going ahead and declaring Madam Alhassan as the winner, the NDC have vowed not to recognise the newly elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Lydia Alhassan.

President Akufo-Addo has however sent a congratulatory message to the new MP.

On his Facebook page, he wrote: I congratulate Lydia Seyram Alhassan on her emphatic victory in Thursday’s by-election, in the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency. The electorate in the constituency has made an excellent choice, and I am confident she will serve their interests in Parliament with distinction.

The isolated incident of violence, which occurred in the early stages of the election, was unfortunate and regrettable, and I condemn it in no uncertain terms. A by-election should be a peaceful and happy event, no matter how competitive. The Police is committed to conducting a rapid inquiry into the matter, and I expect all persons who are found culpable, at the end of the process, to face the full rigours of the law.

It is important also to state that the New Patriotic Party, the party from which my Government was born, would never dream of competing with any other political party in unleashing violence on the Ghanaian people. Our policy, as espoused by the founding father of our political tradition, is “to liberate the energies of the people for the growth of a property-owning democracy in this land, with right to life, freedom and justice as the principles to which the Government and laws of the land should be dedicated in order specifically to enrich life, property and liberty of each and every citizen”, and that is what my Government is doing.

I commend the Electoral Commission for the professionalism it displayed in conducting a free, fair, transparent and credible election, despite the isolated challenge it faced.

The Ghanaian people have, again, demonstrated to the world their deep attachment to the principles of democratic accountability and the rule of law. Ghana’s democracy is robust, and will only grow from strength to strength.