E.T Mensah, former Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram has withdrawn his bid for a membership on the Council of State.
In a letter addressed to the regional electoral director of the Electoral Commission on Wednesday, February 15, the former Minister of Youth and Sports, E.T Mensah cited 'personal reasons' for decision to leave the race.
He wrote, "I wish to inform you of my decision to withdraw from the council of state slot for the Greater Accra Region. My reason for withdrawing from the race is personal. Thank you for your kind consideration."
Earlier this week, NDC executives of Ningo-Prampram had expressed their shock and disapproval with the former MP's decision to seek a membership on the Council of State in an NPP government.
According to them, his actions came off as a betrayal of the party, and they indicated that they would attempt to dissuade him from vying for the position.
The Council of State consists of one representative from each region of Ghana, elected in accordance with regulations made by the EC under article 51 of Ghana’s constitution, by an electoral college comprising two representatives from each of the districts in the region, nominated by the District Assemblies in the region, and eleven other members appointed by the President.
President Akufo-Addo has appointed 11 members to the council including the former Metropolitan Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Stanley Nii Adjiri Blankson and a former President of the Ghana Bar Association, Sam Okudzeto.
The other appointees are the Jaubenhene Nana Otuo Siriboe II, Nana Kofi Obiri Egyir II, Mrs. Alberta Cudjoe, Alhaji Aminu Amadu, Dr. Margaret Amoakohene, Alhaji Sahanun Moqtar, Mrs. Georgina Kusi, Alhaji Sule Yiremiah and Mr. Paa Kofi Ansong.