Mrs Linda Akweley Ocloo, the widow of the late Shai Osudoku National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary aspirant (Mr Desmond Ocloo) shocked pundits when she defied the odds to win the parliamentary primary on Saturday at Dodowa in the Greater Accra.
She polled 5,156 votes out of 8,652, representing 59.60 percent valid votes cast to urge out Dr Michael Kpessah-Whyte, Executive Secretary of the National Service Scheme, who had 3,372 representing 38.97 percent.
About 124 rejected ballots were recorded representing 1.43 percent while voter turnout was 61.45 percent.
The dicey nature of the primary attracted party gurus including; Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, Director of elections of the party, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, Greater Accra Regional Minster, Mr Kofi Adams the National organiser of the party and Maxwell Ofosu deputy Greater Accra regional organiser.
The Shai Osudoku constituency parliamentary seat became vacant when the winner Mr Ocloo died in a gory car crash on the Juaso-Kumasi road on March 3, 2016.
He polled 4,350 votes to defeat three other contestants, the incumbent Member of Parliament for the constituency, Mr David Tetteh Assumeng polled 1,280 votes, Dr Kpessah-Whyte 3,189, votes, Mr Ebenezer Adzakli 393 votes.
After the death of Mr Ocloo some of his sympathisers and supporters canvassed for his wife Linda to contest the vacant slot which resulted in simmering tension within the party in the constituency.
Painstaking consultations by Mrs Ocloo paved the way for her to file nomination papers to contest the vacant seat with the hope of picking from where her late husband left off.
Both Mr Assumeng and Mr Adzakli indicated they would not participate to elect a new parliamentary aspirant leaving Mrs Ocloo and Dr Kpessah Whyte in the contest.
About 14,000 card bearing members of the party were expected to vote but only 8,652 turned out representing 61.45 percent.
Elated Mrs Ocloo said God has spoken and thanked the electorates for giving her the opportunity to begin the crusade to implement the developmental agenda that the late husband earmarked for the area.
“The victory is just the beginning of a resounding victory for the area and President John Dramani Mahama in the November polls,” she said.
The District Electoral Officer, Mr Gabriel Manu in an interview commended the party for the orderly conduct of the election and urged Ghanaians to have trust in the Electoral Commission for the conduct of elections in the country.
He said the support and commitment exhibited if replicated in our national elections would go a long way to assist the EC work effectively towards ensuring transparent, free and fair elections devoid of rancour, bickering and suspicion.
“The elections were transparently conducted, the voters also conducted themselves properly, it’s a plus for the party and they have done well” he said.
He commended the District Security Council, other security services and the electorate for the successful outcome of the primary and urged the people to ensure that the November polls are also conducted in that manner.
From Lawrence Vomafa-Akpalu, Dodowa