Adwoa Safo, Tina Mensah, Freda Prempeh, Sheila Bartels, 24 Other Incumbent MPs Lose In NPP Primaries

Adwoa Safo, Tina Mensah, Freda Prempeh, Sheila Bartels, 24 Other Incumbent MPs Lose In NPP Primaries

  • The final leg of the NPP's parliamentary primaries held on Saturday, January 27, 2024, brought in its wake big casualties
  • Many sitting MPs lost in their bids to secure their candidature for the December 2024 parliamentary elections on the party's ticket
  • Notable among them were Dome-Kwabenya's Adwoa Safo, Ablekuma North's Sheila Bartels, Tano North's Freda Prempeh, and Weija-Gbawe's Tina Mensah

The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has held its 2024 parliamentary primaries across the country to select candidates for the general elections in December.

The primaries, held in constituencies where the NPP has sitting MPs, have thrown up some interesting results, with many incumbent MPs failing to win. brings a list of the NPP's incumbent MPs, a total of 28, who will not be going back to parliament on the ticket of the party.

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Tina Mensah, Sheila Bartels, Adwoa Sarfo
There were big casualties in the NPP primaries Photo source: @ghonetv
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Adwoa Safo - Dome Kwabenya

Sarah Adwoa Safo, a three-term MP (2013-2025), lost to Ghana Free Zones Authority CEO Mike Ocquaye Jnr at Dome Kwabenya.

As someone who won the 2020 primary against Ocquaye Jnr by eight votes, it was a humbling defeat with a gap of over 700 votes.

Tina Gifty Mensah - Weija Gbawe

A two-term MP (2017-2025), Tina Gifty Naa Ayeley Mensah, had claimed herself to be the landlady of Weija Gbawe.

But she has been defeated by Jerry Ahmed Shaib, the CEO of Coastal Development Authority, who just moved from Ablekuma South to Weija Gbawe. She lost by over 300 votes.

Dr Dickson Adomako Kissi- Anyaa Sowutuom

Dr Dickson Adomako Kissi replaced Minister of Foreign Affairs Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey as MP for Anyaa Sowutuom in 2021.

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After just one term, he has been booted out, with delegates selecting Emmanuel Tobbin in his stead. His 566 votes could not match Tobbin's 818.

Sheila Bartels - Ablekuma North

Sheila Bartels, the daughter of NPP elder Kwamina Bartels, defeated Akua Afriyie, the then MP, in the Ablekumah North NPP parliamentary in 2020.

In what she calls a 'golden comeback', Afriyie has reclaimed her title by defeating Sheila Bartels, making her a one-term MP. She polled 756 against Bartel's 637.

Yves Hanson Nortey - Tema Central

Yves Hanson Nortey won the NPP primary in 2020 and subsequently won the Tema West in the parliamentary election.

Nortey lost to Charles Forson by 114 votes.

Akwasi Afrifa Mensah - Amasaman

Akwasi Afrifa Mensah lost the primary at Amasaman to Yahya Kassim Atta. He got 632 against Atta's 831.

Afrifa Mensah served only one term in parliament.

Moses Anim - Trobu

Trobu MP Moses Anim, who has been in parliament since 2013, will not be representing them after January 6, 2025.

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He lost his fourth-term bid to Gloria Owusu, who garnered 698 votes to beat his 641.

George Obeng Takyi - Manso Nkwanta

George Kwabena Takyi represented Manso Nkwanta, a constituency in the Ashanti Region, in parliament and will not do so again.

He lost abysmally in the primary, polling only 26 against the winner, Tweneboa Kodua Fokuo's 281. Other contenders, Frederick Nkansah, Albert Quarm, and Emmanuel Boakye-Yiadom, recorded 233, 130, and 5 votes, respectively.

Augustine Collins Ntim - Offinso North

After serving three terms as Offinso North MP, Augustine Collins Ntim will not be heading to the next parliament.

His contender, Fred Kyei Asamoah, gave him a gap of 147 to take away the candidature.

Isaac Kwame Asiamah - Atwima Mponua

Former Minister of Youth and Sports Isaac Kwame Asiamah will not be going to parliament again after 20 years.

His bid for a sixth term has been thwarted by Seth Osei Akoto, who polled 375 votes to beat Asiamah's 330. A third contender, Osei Bonsu, garnered 72.

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Emmanuel Agyei Anhwere - Atwima Nwabiagya South

After two terms as Atwima Nwabiagya MP, Emmanuel Agyei Anhwere has been shown the exit by his party's delegates.

He lost the parliamentary primary to Shirley Kyei. His 209 votes fell short of Kyei's 395.

Akwasi Darko Boateng - Bosome Freho

Akwasi Darko Boateng lost at Bosome Freho in the Ashanti Region, making him a one-term MP.

He was defeated by Nana Kwame Asafo Adjei-Ayeh. Boateng got 187 votes against Adjei-Ayeh's 233.

Ama Pomaa Boateng - Juaben

Deputy Minister of Communications Ama Pomaa Boateng lost the Juaben primary to Francis Kwabena Owusu Akyaw.

The three-term MP performed poorly, polling 120 against Akyaw's 334.

Emmanuel Akwasi Gyamfi - Odotobri

Having been in parliament for almost 20 years, Emmanuel Akwasi Gyamfi was seeking a sixth term to represent the people of Odotobri in the Ashanti Region.

But he has failed in his bid. His 292 was beaten by Anthony Mmieh's 340.

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Eugene Boakye Antwi - Subin

Subin MP Eugene Boakye Antwi wanted to represent his people for the third time, but they did not give him the chance.

The delegates rather chose Kofi Obiri Yeboah, whom they gave 734 votes against the incumbent's 103.

Freda Prempeh - Tano South

It was a clash of stalwarts at the Tano South Constituency in the Ahafo Region. Freda Prempeh, Minister of State for the Ministry of Works and Housing, faced off with Dr Gideon Boako, an aide to Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.

At the end of the polls, Dr Boako garnered 444 to beat Prempeh's 221.

Bright Wereko-Brobbey - Hemang Lower Denkyira

Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Welfare lost his candidature in the Hemang Lower Denkyira constituency in the Central Region.

His 169 votes fell short of the 273 votes garnered by Lawrence Agyinsam, the CEO of Ghana EXIM Bank.

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Elvis Morris Donkor - Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese

Elvis Morris Donkor of Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese in the Central Region will be a one-term MP.

He lost his primary to Etudur Kobina Nyanteh, who received 414 votes against Donkor's 335, while a third candidate Frederick Quainoo garnered 49.

Joseph Cudjoe - Efia

Minister of Public Enterprises Joseph Cudjoe has been the only MP Efia has known since it was carved out in 2012, but he will not be going to parliament again.

He lost his primary by polling 164 votes against Yaw Boamah-Nyarko's 321.

Samuel Erickson Abakah - Shama

Shama MP Samuel Erickson Abakah has also become a one-term MP after losing to Isaac Kwamina Afful.

Abakah, a lawyer by profession, entered parliament in 2021 and will not be going again. He polled 248 votes against Afful's 363.

Gifty Twum Ampofo - Abuakwa South

Deputy Minister of Education Gifty Twum-Ampofo will not be in the next parliament after losing her primary at Abuakwa North in the Eastern Region.

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She lost to Nana Addo-Frempong by 20 votes, polling 202 against Addo-Frempong's 222.

John Osei Frimpong - Abirem

MP for Abirem in the Eastern Region, John Osei Frimpong, has failed in his attempt to go to parliament for a third time.

He came third in his primary with 116 votes. Charles Owiredu won with 192, Frank Ahimah-Mireku had 148 votes, and Daniel Kwadwo Afrifa got 56.

Kwadwo Asante - Suhum

Kwadwo Asante representing Suhum in the Eastern Region has also joined the ranks of the one-term MPs.

His re-election bid has been thwarted by Frank Asiedu Bekoe a.k.a. Protozoa, a staffer at the presidency. Bekoe polled 499 to beat Asante's 320.

Kwabena Amankwa Asiamah - Fanteakwa North

After four terms, Kwabena Amankwa Asiamah has been booted out by Fanteakwa North delegates.

He polled 137 votes to come third in the primaries behind Kwame Appiah Kodua (329) and Barbara Makara Maccugen (208). Two others, Gabriel Kese-Yeboah and Rev Dr Twum got 2 and 1 votes, respectively.

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Kofi Okyere Agyekum - Fanteakwa South

Kofi Okyere Agyekum, popularly known as Arafat, lost the Fanteakwa South primaries to Duke Ofori, the Eastern Regional NADMO Director.

The three-term MP only managed to get 92 votes against Ofori-Atta's 273.

Hajia Lariba Zuwera Abudu - Walewale

Gender Minister, Hajia Lariba Zuwera Abudu, was the only casualty from the North East Region.

She lost her Walewale candidacy to Technical Advisor at the Office of the Vice President, Dr. Mahama Tiah Abdul-Kabiru, by 22 votes. She polled 326 votes with Abdul-Kabiru getting 348.

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Asenso-Boakye defeated Lawyer Raphael Agyapong, the younger brother of Kennedy Agyapong, in the poll. He garnered 650 against Ralph Agyapong's 181 to record a landslide victory

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