Three persons successfully filed their nomination forms at the Jirapa Municipal Office of the Electoral Commission of Ghana in their preparedness to ran the Jirapa parliamentary race but it has become a two-man race after Mr. Samuel Kyelaazaa of the National Democratic Party (NDP) withdrew from the contest.
Mr. Samuel Kyelaazaa however did not disclose the reasons for his withdrawal from the race. He did not also tell which of the remaining candidates he and his party will support in the upcoming election.
The two remaining contestants include representatives of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The NDC’s candidate, Honourable Cletus Seidu Dapilah is from Nimbare. He served as the District Chief Executive of Jirapa for twenty-two months. As a DCE, he established a good rapport with his party members, a reason many call him the “grassroots man”. This gave him a resounding victory in the party’s parliamentary primaries where he was able to beat five other contestants. Many say he is the most visible candidate on the ground. They believe he exudes great competence that will give Jirapa constituency the best representation in Parliament.
The NPP’s candidate, Honourable Paul Derigubaa is from Konzokala. He is a former MP. He won the 2012 elections as an independent parliamentary candidate. He broke away from the NDC after his dissatisfaction with the results of the NDC parliamentary primaries in 2012. He contested again as an independent candidate in 2016 but the constituents rejected him for Dr. Francis Bawaana Dakurah of the NDC. After joining the NPP and being the Konzokalaa Primary Polling Station Chairman, he contested the parliamentary primaries of the NPP and won handsomely. He won the contest against the incumbent Municipal Chief Executive, Honourable Christine Bombanye-Amadu and Mr. Alex Taabazuing, a former accountant with the Controller and Accountant General Department (CAGD). Many say he is not much as active and visible unlike the NDC’s candidate but that he is doing a lot of work on the ground. They also believe he can equally pull a lot of development to Jirapa if he is given the nod as Member of Parliament for the constituency.
Meanwhile, some constituents have expressed their happiness over the withdrawal of the “third force”. “I am happy to hear this. The contest was actually between Honourable Cletus and Honourable Derigubaa. If we are going to find the faces of the candidates of the NPP and NDC alone on the parliamentary ballot paper, it will help us a lot. We will have a clear direction to take without errors. Voters can easily make their preferred choice without any difficulty”. A constituent said.
By Sir Dicey Dakurah