The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has said that it will not conduct a fresh election for its parliamentary candidate in the Ketu North constituency, despite the grievances of some delegates who challenged the outcome of the recent party primaries.
The party primaries, which took place on May 13, 2023, ended in a stalemate between John Adanu Zewu and Edem Agbana, who both garnered 358 votes after two recounts and the detection of some ballots without stamps.
The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the NDC declared Edem Agbana as the winner of the primary on May 16, 2023, after he and John Adanu agreed to accept the result following a meeting with the National Chairman of the party and their lawyers.
However, a group of concerned delegates in the constituency expressed dissatisfaction with the NEC’s decision and demanded a re-run of the election, claiming that it was unfair and undemocratic.
Mustapha Gbande, the National Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, dismissed the demands of the aggrieved members and said that the party had already resolved the matter conclusively and could not afford to waste time and resources on another election in the constituency.
“We have not received any petition of this nature, and we are not aware of any such issue. The matter was settled amicably by all parties involved, and Edem Agbana was duly elected as the parliamentary candidate for Ketu North. Therefore, any other issue will be treated as a request for reconciliation because we have moved on and we are preparing our candidate to win the seat.”
Mr. Mustapha Gbande also warned that the NDC would not tolerate any attempt by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to influence voters with money before or during the upcoming Assin North by-election.