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Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, the Majority Leader in Parliament has explained the death of the Mfantseman Member of Parliament, Hon. Ekow Quansah Hayford as a big blow to the New Patriotic Party.
The MP was reportedly shot dead by alleged robbers on Friday dawn when he was returning from a campaign tour.
Talking on Okay FM’s Ade Akye Abia Morning Show, the Suame MP said the late Hon. Ekow Quansah Hayford gave the New Patriotic Party, high hopes of preserving the Mfantseman Constituency seat for a long time after regaining it from the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
“What I know is that the Mfantseman Constituency used to be in the hands of NPP’s Asamoah Boateng and since he lost the seat, it has been difficult for the NPP to win the Constituency back and it was this man who won the seat back for us. I remember that when he came to Parliament, I congratulated him for winning the seat back for us. He is a local politician and the people in the constituency hold him in high esteem and so it gave us the hope that we will handle the constituency for lengthy period, but sadly this has happened” he said.
Eulogising the late Hon. Ekow Hayford, he described as a gentleman saying “n Parliament, he is someone who is quiet; he does not talk that much in Parliament but whenever he gets up to speak in Parliament, he was always on point and so all the time, I use to encourage him to work keep up the hard in Parliament because not only should he satisfy his constituents but in Parliament, he should register strongly so that he can lead the constituency for long. He is someone who is blameless in the House and that is why I am saying that what has happened is very bad”
Hon Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu said the party is looking for a replacement for the slain MP since time is not on their side to commiserate with the bereaved family under normal circumstances according to the constitution.
“Our constitution states that if we are filing a nomination and in the process one of those people who are supposed to file dies, there should be 21 days period before the affected party can name a replacement. What it means now is that we have to within a very short period organize ourselves and find a replacement for the Mfantseman Constituency. he sad aspect of it is that you don’t even have time to commiserate sufficiently with the family; we have to hurriedly find a replacement and it is worrying,” he mentioned.
Source: Ghana Waves