Edna Nyame goes for Gladys Asmah's seat
Edna Jane Nyame, the immediate past Treasurer of the Western Region branch of the New Patriotic Party, has filed her nomination forms to contest the party's primaries for the selection a parliamentary candidate for the Takoradi constituency in this year's election.
Ms Nyame, 54, who is also the Regional Director of the Department of Women and Children's Affairs, submitted her forms to the constituency executives at a brief ceremony at the party office in Takoradi last Friday.
Information gathered by The Statesman has it that four other party members have also declared their intention to contest in the primaries. They are messrs Kobby Otchere Darko-Mensah, a computer analyst, Patrick Amoateng, an educationalist, David Aidoo, former constituency secretary and a Director at the Ministries of Fisheries, and Sweetie Sowah, a legal practitioner.
The constituency chairman, Abdul Mumin Issah, who had also initially expressed his interest to contest in the primaries, has rescinded his decision.
The scramble for the Takoradi seat amongst the NPP party members began when the incumbent MP, Gladys Asmah, decided to step down after serving her constituents for twelve years.
Receiving Ms Nyame's forms, the constituency chairman disclosed that many qualified party members who had expressed interest in contesting the primaries when nominations opened on March 1 had rescinded their decision.
He said this decision apparently stemmed from their inability to withstand the mudslinging associated with Ghanaian politics and therefore advised politicians to refrain from this unhealthy practice.
Given the opportunity to address the party members, executives and the press who witnessed the filing of her nomination, Ms Nyame said with thirty years experience in teaching at all levels of education and over six years at the Ministry of Women and Children's Affairs, she has the development of human beings at heart and would therefore work tirelessly to further develop Takoradi when given the nod and eventually elected as the next Member of Parliament for the constituency.
The mother of five children was a member of the Shama-Ahanta East Metropolitan Assembly and a vice-president of the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana.