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MFANTSEMAN: "We Have Not Approved Of Ophelia Hayford As Replacement For Her Late Husband" - NPP

First Vice Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party(NPP) Yaw Berchie Nuako has confirmed that Madam Ophelia Hayford has not to be approved by the leadership to led the party in the Mfantseman Constituency following the death of her husband.

According to him, although there have been calls for the widow to be the replacement, the leadership of the party is yet to decide.

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Speaking on an Accra based radio station, he said “It is not true. Nothing like that has come out. When the President came here yesterday [Monday], the grassroots of the party were chanting ‘no wife, no vote,’ but the party has not decided on who is going to replace the MP. We are making consultations. I can tell the public to wait until Thursday, where we will endorse the person who is supposed to replace Quansah Hayford,”

He further added that the people of Mfantseman Constituency will know who their leader will be after the one-week celebration of the slain MP.

It will be recalled that the late Member of Parliament met his untimely death after he was shot by some unknown armed men on the Mankessim – Abeadze road in the Central Region.

The deceased was on his way home from community engagement in the constituency last Thursday.

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In other developments, President Akufo-Addo has assured the bereaved family that the killers will be arrested and dealt with drastically.

He also noted that the slew MP will be given a befitting burial.

Following the gruesome murder of Late Ekow Hayford, most MPs have called for a personal bodyguard(s) to avoid such occurrence.

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Ghana's Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery says 200 police officers will be added to the Parliamentary security to guard the legislators till the end of the December elections.

Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith