Edward Agyekum Kufuor, the second son of former President John Agyekum Kufuor has withdrawn his Candidacy for the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency primaries of the New Patriotic Party, (NPP), after successfully going through vetting.
“It is with deep sadness that I announce the withdrawal of my Candidacy for the AYAWASO WEST WUOGON Constituency primaries of the New Patriotic Party. After successfully going through vetting.” He wrote on his FaceBook Timeline.
His withdrawal means the contest will be among five persons including a Deputy National Communications Director of the NPP, Mame Yaa Aboagye, Madam Victoria Esinam Ansah Offei, Assembly Member for Legon Electoral Area, Samuel Amankwah, a former constituency youth organizer, and Lydia Alhassan, a widow of the late MP for the area, Emmanuel Agyarko.
The Electoral Commission has set Thursday, January 31, 2019, as the date for the Ayawaso West-Wuogon constituency by-election.
The date was agreed upon at an emergency meeting of the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) on Monday, December 24.
Mr. Agyekum Kufuor was filled with optimism when he first decided to contest.
Below is his statement on his FaceBook Timeline:
NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL OF MY CANDIDACY
It is with deep sadness that I announce the withdrawal of my Candidacy for the AYAWASO WEST WUOGON Constituency primaries of the New Patriotic Party. After successfully going through vetting.
I was looking forward to sharing my vision and working with all in the constituency.
When I declared my intention to contest, Madam Lydia Alhassan had NOT DECLARED her intention. We belong to the same church-family and the late Hon. Kyeremateng Agyarko was a man whom I greatly respected and liked. He was like a big brother to me. Considering Madam Lydia’s current state of mourning for the father of her children, with whom she worked politically in the constituency, and in honour of his memory, I am immediately stepping down.
To everyone who may have lost something out of this decision, I sincerely apologise and appreciate your support.
Running for this primaries are very talented and committed individuals, and their ideas are all to move the constituency forward. I wish them all the very best of luck and hope that our party comes out stronger than ever after this contested election.
Thank you all for your sacrifice and the goodwill messages I have received since I declared my intention.
I remain committed in service to the New Patriotic Party, the constituency and the Nation.
God bless our homeland Ghana.
Rev. Edward Agyekum Kufuor