Samia Nkrumah to contest Jomoro seat again

Former Convention People’s Party (CPP) parliamentarian for Jomoro in the Western Region, Samia Nkrumah, has announced she is coming back for the seat she lost in 2012.

However, she declined to state which political party’s ticket she will be contesting on and insisted Parliament needed a third voice beyond the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

“It’s not only about the constituency I represent, but also about having an independent voice in parliament, I am motivated to go back for the seat currently being held by the NPP’s Paul Essien to prove the claim that my defeat in 2012 was biased.

“I also don’t realise my break from frontline politics, since my flagbearer contest defeat as a disadvantage, I’m always in touch with my people, I believe we can do good work for the people of Jomoro, they need someone who has done good work, earned the trust of the people and thinks of the people, and can always go back,” Ms Nkrumah posited.

She is the daughter of the nation’s first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, began her political career in 2008 by defeating the NDC’s late Lee Ocran with a majority of 6,571, winning about 50 per cent of the total valid votes cast.

But after serving one term as the Member of Parliament, Ms Nkrumah in December 2012 lost her seat to the NDC contestant, Wing Commander Francis Anaman, a retired Officer of the Ghana Air Force and had consistently maintained the results did not reflect the actual votes.

She then took her political vocation a notch higher by putting herself up for the contest to lead the CPP ahead of the 2016 elections, but failed in her bid and she was handed a defeat believed to be unexpected, after Ms Nkrumah polled only 579 votes compared to the 1, 288 votes polled by former General Secretary, Ivor Greenstreet.-myjoyonline.com

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