Minority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu has retained the Suame seat on the ticket of the opposition New Patriotic Party despite stiff opposition in the ongoing NPP parliamentary primaries.
The four-time Member of Parliament, who is a lead voice for the NPP and parliament in general, was fiercely contested by persons who had vowed to unseat him.
Surprisngly, he polled 283 votes beating his closest contender Kwadwo Boateng Gyamfi, who polled a meager 89 votes.
The two other aspirants, John Darko, polled 66, whereas Richard Boadi polled 54 votes.
Prior to the polls, reports had suggested the MP’s grip on the seat was under-threat.
There had been a back and forth about whether or not taking him off the parliamentary was in the best interest of the party considering his vast experience and contribution in Ghana’s legislature.
Even his colleague MPs from the incumbent NDC, had supported calls for him to be retained since his defeat would have been a great lost not only to the NPP but to Parliament.
In the wake of the hullabaloo, the Minority Leader appeared to have been shaken but he maintained his posture and confidence.
His trump card was the fact that his huge experience in parliamentary work is of immense benefit to the party and to the country.
His opponents had often campaigned against him on the grounds that he had not implemented any development projects in the constituency.
But the vociferous Minority Leader had often maintained that his track record is impeccable.
He had insisted that the role of an MP was not to carry out development projects but to lobby on behalf of his constituents, a role he believes he had played very well in the past.
Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu is likely to retain the seat for the NPP in 2016, since the safe seat for the NPP is also in the party’s stronghold.
In previous elections, the Minority Leader had always increased votes for the party in both parliamentary and presidential.
By:Ebenezer Afanyi Dadzie/3news.com/Ghana