Allow John Kumah’s widow to replace him in Parliament – Adwoa Safo

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Dome Kwabenya, Sara Adwoa Safo has entreated the widow of late Deputy Finance Minister, John Kumah to start lacing her boots and contest the vacant Ejisu seat.

The late Deputy Minister who was also the MP for Ejisu died of cancer last week and yet to be buried.

However, there has been intense lobbying for his seat with several big shots reportedly lobbying delegates of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to consider voting for them when the time is due.

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Ahead of the declaration of the seat as a vacant one, Sarah Adjoa Safo, has called on the wife of John Kumah to consider contesting the seat when nominations are finally opened.

She believes the decision will enable the wife of the late John Kumah to replace her husband in parliament and that will also aid in consoling the bereaved family.

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In an interview with Accra-based Onua FM, the Law Maker said that previous widows who replaced their deceased husbands in Parliament have not failed and did not suffer in winning their seats and as such Lilian Kumah should also be given that opportunity.

“The Ejisu constituency will be conducting by-elections soon, we are hearing that Apostle Lillian Kumah will be given the nod to contest on the ticket of the NPP. Do you think it is the right call looking at the precedent in the party with Lydia Alhassan and co? She was quizzed in an interview with Onua FM.

In her response, Adwao Safo indicated that:

“I think it is the right call because there is precedent and it has always been successful. Ejisu is NPP’s stronghold that we will win with any candidate. When the woman replaces the man it helps the bereaved family to be appeased. The women who succeeded their deceased husbands have not disappointed their constituencies so it is a good call. I think she should be allowed to contest.”

Some prominent figures within the NPP including private legal practitioner, Maurice Ampaw and others have called on the party to allow Lilian Kumah to contest the Ejisu by-elections following her husband’s demise.

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