The battle to occupy the vacate seat left behind by the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Emmanuel Kyeremanten Agyarko, continue to be fought by two alleged wives of the deceased legislator.
On Monday, Ghanaians woke up to campaign posters of the two women, Josephine Naana Baiden Agyarko and Lydia Alhassan, on social media, announcing their individual intentions to contest the seat.
The women, who have a sizable number of party supporters and delegates from the Constituency, have had their spokespersons, explaining why they should be allowed to contest the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) primary, to choose a representative for the yet to be held by-elections.
The petition addressed to the NPP National Chairman and dated December 10, 2018, read “Dear Sir, PETITION-NO NAANA AGYARKO-NO VOTE, it is with a heavy heart that we the concerned delegates of Ayawaso West Wuogon write this petition.
“We are a group of over 500 delegates and we are from all the 11 electoral areas namely, Legon Electoral area A, Legon Electoral 8, Aempeasem Electoral area, Dzorwulu Electoral area, Okponglo Electoral area, Airport Electoral area, Christian centre Electoral area, Abelernkpe Electoral area. Tesano Electoral area, Westlands Electoral area, East legon Electoral area. We are from all the 137 polling stations in the constituency.
“Over the last days since we lost our Member of Parliament, Hon. Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko some people from his quarters have started pushing for one Lydia Alhassan, a “supposed second wife” of the late Hon. Agyarko be made the Parliamentary candidate of our Party ahead of the bye-elections.
“Those pushing this agenda make reference to the case of Asutufi South constituency in the 2000 parliamentary elections where prior to the elections, Professor Djan Amoah, the late husband of Madam Cecilia who had returned from Zimbabwe and stood on the ticket of the NPP for the seat, reportedly died mysteriously.
Madam Cecilia Amoah, his legitimate and legally wedded wife went ahead to win the elections on the ticket of the NPP.”
The petition continued “Cecelia Amoah was not a “supposed second wife” but was a legitimate and legally wedded one.
We will like to state in clear terms that we will not support this agenda of Lydia Alhassan. We want a candidate who is a mother, a listener and win massively and, consolidate the gain we made in the last elections.”
Less than 24 hours after supporters of the first wife, Naana, openly demonstrated and petitioned the party to stop the second wife, Lydia, from contesting the seat, pictures of the two women and their children, have surfaced in social media site Facebook ostensibly to proof that indeed they are married to Mr Agyarko.
The first picture shows Naana and her two children, while the second one, shows Lydia with her five young children on a street abroad.
Meanwhile, Ghanaians are yet to come to terms with how women, whose husband has suddenly died and is yet to be buried, will instead of mourning him, will go to the extent of competing against each other for the seat he left behind.
The NPP’s Deputy General Secretary, Nana Obiri Boahen, has expressed disappointment about the behaviour of the women and called for calm.
The late MP passed away on November 21 at a hospital in the United States (US) after a protracted ailment.
By Gifty Arthur/ghanadat.com