The Takoradi Constituency of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Western Region has elected Mr Justice Maxwell Acquah, Personal Assistant (PA) to the Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Constituency as the 1st Vice-Chairperson.
Mr Acquah won with overwhelming votes of 544 against his contender Mr Richard Magnu Ayetey Ocran who polled 69 with 3 rejected ballots in the constituency elections to elect executive members to lead the party in the constituency.
Prior to his election as the 1st Vice-Chairman, Mr Acquah was the 2nd Vice-Chairman with enviable records which probably attracted the delegates to give him the massive endorsement for the new position.
In all, 635 delegates were eligible to vote while 24 candidates stood for the various positions such as Chairperson, 1st and 2nd Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Organizer, Women’s Organizer, Youth Organizer and Nasara Coordinator.
At the end of the election which was held under a peaceful atmosphere, Mr Prince Arthur, the incumbent chairman retained his position with 406 votes against his opponent Mr Daniel Osei who polled 207 votes with 3 rejected ballots.
One of the outcomes which got delegates wondering was that of the Women’s Organizer position where the incumbent Madam Rosemond Osaebea Mends who was hindered retained her position despite the advocacy by opponents to retire her due to her predicament.
She garnered 263 votes to beat three (3) other candidates, Madam Josephine Quartey who polled 248 votes, Madam Felicia Adjoa Quansah who polled 21 votes and Madam Roseline Ahine who also polled 73 votes with 3 rejected ballots.
The other results are (2nd Vice-Chairman) Mr Frederick Osei Bobbie – 243, Mr Charles Kingsley Arthur -321 and Mr Albert Simons – 48 with 3 rejected. (Secretary) Emmanuel Kwabla Torkornoo – 463 and Mr Kingsley Oduro Acheampong – 149 with 3 rejected.
(Assistant Secretary) Francis Dwomoh – 489 and Mr William Nana Kwesi Nketsia – 123 with 2 rejected. (Treasurer) Mr Seth Newman – 450 and Mr Ebenezer Nkansah Acquah -166 with 2 rejected. (Organizer) Mr Jerry Atta-Fynn – 482 and Mr Douglas Agyenim Boateng – 129 with 3 rejected.
(Youth Organizer) Mr Richmond Arthur-Baidoo – 208, Nana Acquah Baiden – 43 and Mr Michael Kwame Owusu – 362 with 2 rejected. (Nasara Coordinator) Mr Mohammed Abukari – 385 and Mr Abdul Karim Tamim – 228 with 4 rejected.
Mr Ernest Kwofie, former Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Jomoro who chaired the occasion and sworn in the candidates-elect was happy to witness a peaceful election and commended both candidates and delegates for comporting themselves which resulted in the peaceful election.
Mr Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, who expressed confidence in the newly elected executives congratulated them on their victory and urged them not to relax on their mandate but should work hard to win more people into the NPP fold.
He further urged them to eschew every bitterness, iron out their differences and forge ahead to foster unity among members of the party for victory in 2024.
Mr Darko-Mensah, however, vehemented that the constituency under his watch will not tolerate the situation where some aggrieved executive members campaign and incite members to vote skirt and blouse to the detriment of the party and warned them against such tendencies.
Mr Justice Acquah later in an interview with igoghana commenting on his victory said he campaigned vigorously at the grassroots for about a month a message of hope to the delegates which they bought into it thereby voting massively for him.
According to him, the delegates have done their part hence, the onus lies on him to deliver to the expectations of the delegates which he was committed to doing to bring victory to the party in its resolve to break the 8.
He expressed excitement at how the delegates conducted themselves for a peaceful election and appealed to them and members of the party to be fair to all the newly elected candidates and those who contested for the various positions but lost.