The New Patriotic Party (NPP) will on Wednesday, October 14 announce the wife of murdered Member of Parliament for Mfantseman Constituency as the party’s Parliamentary Candidate for the December 7 elections.
A decision to settle on Ophelia Hayford, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), was reached on Tuesday, October 13.
She has since resigned from the Ghana Police Service, 3news.com has gathered.
Her husband, Ekow Kwansah Hayford, was readying to contest the December 7 for re-election when he was killed by suspected armed robbers.
He had beaten National Democratic Congress’ James Essuon in the 2016 elections to reclaim the seat for the NPP.
He had filed his nomination on Thursday, October 8 before his unfortunate murder Friday dawn on the Abeadze-Dominase-Mankessim road.
But following his death, supporters of the NPP called on the party’s leadership to choose his widow as his replacement.
“She supported him all this while,” a resident told 3news.com‘s Kwame Karkarba in Fante last Friday.
“So we want her since the soul of the MP is in her. All his suffering was with his wife and even all the projects had the wife in his company, so if we say we want his wife, we know what we are talking about.”
“The party has rules and regulations,” said another, also in Fante, “and even in this case there is a precedent – when an MP lost his life and his wife was asked to replace him. We the supporters want his wife, so we will be happy if the leadership grants this wish.
“But if the woman rejects the offer and opts for a different person, we want someone from Mankessim,” he added.
“The seat is our turn. It is with us here in Mankessim. If possible, all lovers, NPP, NDC and even floating voters, should give a smooth sailing to his wife. She is a high-ranking police officer with INTERPOL. She is very intelligent and can be MP and even more.
“So we will ask all to pay the MP especial tribute by voting for his wife.”
By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana