Long serving Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Mr Enoch Teye Mensah became the latest casualty in the race for the National Democratic Congress parliamentary ticket when he lost the primaries to his protégé, Samuel Nartey George on Sunday night.
Certified results by the Electoral Commission showed George polled 4,910 votes representing 63.4 per cent of valid votes cast to end the Parliamentary career of Mr Mensah who has been in Parliament since 1997. E.T. Mensah polled 2,831 votes representing 36.5 per cent of valid votes cast.
Mr E.T. Mensah and Sam George locked horns in what was popularly referred to as “David and Goliath” fight in their determination to thump each other to lead the NDC in Ningo Prampram.
The polls was characterized by allegations and counter allegations by both sides with spots of attacks and heavy security presence.
The elections, scheduled for last Saturday was postponed to Sunday after the party executives at the national level intervened.
Listen to Sam George's victory speech here
In a victory address Sam George thanked his campaign team and family for supporting him.
“To the good people of Ningo and Prampram who have given me this opportunity to serve them, I will not let them down.”
He used the opportunity to call on Mr E.T. Mensah to accept him as a son and realize that they are one party and that there has been no victor, nor a loser.
“This is a victory for the NDC. Myself and Honourable E.T. Mensah together, we’ll deliver the seat for the NDC come 2016.Myself and E.T. Mensah constitute team JM2016. I’ll work with all executives irrespective of whatever happened during the campaign and we will forge together for a stronger NDC in Ningo Prampram.
Before the campaigns were rounded off ahead of the polls, the lyrics of the popular Gospel song, “Everywhere”, was changed to: “Everywhere he went, ET was doing good; a mighty MP, he helps the people; when the people saw him, they started shouting; everywhere he went, my ET was doing good.”
But for his aggressive opponent, Mr Sam Nartey George, the good old “Prampram Methuselah”, as the experienced legislator and lay preacher has been nicked named in sections of the media deserved no extension of mandate to serve the people via the 2016 general elections.
For him, Mr Mensah ought to have bowed out at a time the applause was loudest, especially when the aspirations of the people of the constituency have not been met over the decades.