New Patriotic Party Member of Parliament for Kwabre East in the Ashanti Region, Kofi Frempong, who lost his seat to 22 year-old Francisca Oteng-Mensah, has told TV3 he is yet to come to terms with his defeat.
According to him, he has always been in constant touch with his constituents in his three-terms as an MP and had also embarked on a lot of development projects in various communities.
“The delegates decided to go in for her but mind you, more than fifty percent voted against her. She had less than fifty percent which means she won with minority votes” he stated.
Sixty-four year old Mr. Frempong however promised he would continue to work for his constituents and for the NPP to win the 2016 general elections.
There is no community that I haven’t worked there. There are about 52 communities in my constituency and for the last ten years, there have been electricity extension, hospitals, street lights, roads and more. I have done my best for the constituency” he stated.
Earlier in Parliament, members on both sides of the house were teasing the MP in his absence for his defeat when he suddenly walked into the chamber.
The MPs said he may have fallen ill over his shocking defeat by the 22 year old.
Hon. Kofi Frempong responded to the joke by saying he wasn’t sick and that he remained a very strong man.
Francisca, 22, and a 2nd year law student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST, beat competition from five male contenders including the incumbent MP, Kofi Frimpong.
She managed to poll 321 votes to beat the closest contender , Kofi Frimpong, who polled 187 votes. The other contenders, Lawyer Osei Poku had 202 votes, whiles K. Adjei Sefa managed 33 votes with Emmanuel Owusu polling a meager 13 votes.
Francisca has since captured news headlines as a debate rages on about whether or not she is competent and experienced enough to take up a parliamentary duty at such a young age.
Others have also questioned how she hopes to combine parliamentary duties should she be elected in the 2016 elections, by which time she wouldn’t have completed her law degree.
But Francisca has responded to her critics saying she is prepared enough to take up the responsibility and has a perfect plan when it comes to handling her education with her parliamentary career.
Francisca’s father reacts
Francisca’s father, who is the CEO of Angel of Companies – which comprises a radio and TV station, a school, construction and estate firms, a herbal medicine and cream manufacturing firm amongst others, has rebuffed suggestions that he used his money to influence delegates to vote for her daughter.
Dr. Kwaku Oteng says his daughter is intelligent enough to take up the role and succeeded in convincing delegates to vote for her. He told the Daily Graphic that if wining was about money, then the incumbent MP spent more on his campaign that his daughter did.
Ms. Oteng-Mensah who turned 22 on February 14, 2015 could become the youngest parliamentarian in Ghana at age 24 should she win the parliamentary elections in 2016. Her constituency has been touted a safe seat for the NPP in the stronghold region of the party.
By:Ebenezer Afanyi Dadzie/tv3network.com/Ghana