The ruling New Patriotic Party has today, October 18, confirmed Mrs. Ophelia Hayford as the 2020 Parliamentary Candidate of the party in the Mfantseman Constituency of the Central Region.
This decision was taken by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) at its meeting today, in line with Article 12 of the NPP Constitution, the party said in a statement.
It added: “The National Executive Committee also, in accordance with Article 10(10)(1) of the Party Constitution, empowered the National Steering Committee to find a replacement for the party’s Parliamentary Candidate for Yapei-Kusawgu, Mr. Abu Kamara, who sadly lost his life, together with two others on Friday, October 16, 2020, in a fatal car accident.”
Mrs. Ophelia Hayford replaces her late husband, Ekow Kwansah Hayford, who was the party’s Parliamentary Candidate for the Mfantseman Constituency until he met his untimely death following his gruesome killing by some unknown assailants on Friday, October 9, 2020, while returning from a campaign tour.
“The party also wishes to place on record that it had officially notified the Electoral Commission of this sad development and requested for a 10-day extension of the nomination period in line with Section 13(4) of C.I. 127 within which period, the party shall file Mrs Ophelia Hayford as its Parliamentary Candidate for the Constituency. The party will equally do so to be able to file a new candidate for Yapei-Kusawgu.
“The decision to settle on Mrs. Ophelia Hayford as replacement for her late husband was taken after extensive consultations with all stakeholders including the constituents of Mfantseman. Mrs Hayford had been a strong pillar in the political life of her late husband, and certainly, her selection as his replacement can only be a step in the right direction.”