The Central Regional branch of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has justified why it has picked wife of slain Mfantseman MP, Ekow Hayford to be his successor.
The NPP First Vice Chairman in Mfantseman, Yaw Berchie Nuako said the decision to select Mrs. Ophelia Hayford as the party’s parliamentary candidate for the constituency is because the grassroots of the party wants her to lead them into the 2020 elections.
Mr. Nuako who was speaking in an interview on Accra based Citi FM said the party is of the view that the choice is one that would be accepted by all and will not bring division in the party.
He added the party believes Madam Ophelia Hayford is the right candidate to retain the seat for the NPP in the Mfantseman constituency.
“It is true that Mrs. Ophelia Hayford has been confirmed by the party as the successor of the late MP. So it is official that she is representing the party for Mfantseman constituency.”
“For every successful man, there is a woman behind him and how the Ophelia has been supporting the husband, we in the party know, in terms of logistics and everything and that is the reason why we chose her but not because that the husband is dead,” he noted.
NPP National level agrees with decision
General Secretary of NPP John Boadu also says the party’s decision to choose wife of murdered Mfantseman MP Ekow Quansah Hayford to contest the seat is widely accepted and backed.
John Boadu confirming the reports said they engaged in a wide consultation before coming to a consensus.
Mr. Ekow Hayford was killed by unknown assailants believed to be armed robbers last week when he was returning from a community engagement.
His final funeral rites will take place from 27th to 29th November 2020.