Agyarko's wife Lydia Alhassan wins Ayawaso West Wuogon NPP primaries

Agyarko's wife Lydia Alhassan wins Ayawaso West Wuogon NPP primaries

Madam Lydia Alhassan, a widow of late Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko has emerged victorious in the New Patriotic Party's Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency primary.

In what could be described as a landslide, Madam Alhassan polled 441 votes out of the 668 valid votes cast to beat four other contenders.

Her contenders Madam Victoria Esinam Ansah Offei; Madam Yaa Aboagye; Mr Samuel Amankwah; and Mr Ato Williams got one vote; 76 votes; 19 votes; and 131 votes respectively.

Agarko's wife Lydia Alhassan wins Ayawaso West Wuogon NPP primaries
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Source: UGC

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Two votes were rejected as spoilt ballot.

The seat became vacant following the death of Mr Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko, the Member of Parliament for the area, on Wednesday, November 21.

The NPP has held the seat since 2000, with Mr Agyarko succeeding Madam Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, the current Chief of Staff in January 2013.

Meanwhile, the NDC side elected Mr Delali Kwasi Brempong in their election on Friday, December 28.

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The Electoral Commission (EC) would open and receive the nominations for the by-election on Thursday, January 10 to Saturday, January 12, 2019.

In other news, the proposed construction of the National Cathedral has been given a huge financial boost following a pledge of GHc100,000 from President Nana Akufo-Addo.

The fundraising for the much talked about cathedral was officially launched on Friday at the forecourt of the State House.

President Akufo-Addo attended the fundraising dinner as special guest of honour, with Hollywood star Idris Elba and international model Naomi Campbell also gracing the event.

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Speaking at the event, the President pledged GHc100,000 from his personal resources towards the construction of the proposed National Cathedral.

According to him, the cathedral is more than just an edifice and will serve as a multi-purpose structure for all Christians.

"Rather, and again like Solomon on that occasion, the building of the National Cathedral is to serve as a gesture of thanksgiving to God for his blessings, favour, grace and mercies on our nation, and to give me an opportunity to redeem a pledge I made to Him before I became President,” Akufo-Addo said.

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