General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, says he is not surprised about incumbent Members of Parliament (MPs) losing their bids to contest the 2020 parliamentary elections during Saturday’s primaries.
To him, the signs “were written all over the place even at their various constituencies,” but the losers turned deaf ears to them and still went ahead to contest.
He said, as a party General Secretary, he is always on the ground and knew that most of them would lose but decided not to advise them because he would be seen as a General Secretary helping some candidates.
“I am not surprised about the defeat of some MPs. I am always on the ground and knows what the constituents are saying. I am always on the field. The signs were all over but who are you to speak the truth. They won’t even take it,” he told Accra based Okay FM, monitored by Adomonline.com.
Joseph Yieleh Chireh lost the Wa West slot to Peter Lanchene Tuubo, the former Executive Secretary to the immediate past Inspector General of Police, Mr David Asante-Apeatu, who resigned from the Police Service to contest.
Also, sitting MP in the Kumbungu Constituency in the Upper East region, Ras Mubarak polled 273 votes against Dr Hamza Adam who polled 401 votes.
According to him, the sitting MPs, who did not contest, did not do so because they thought they would lose, but decided to bow out honourably. For example, Alban Bagbin.