Nkrumah’s daughter Samia wins parliamentary seat

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Samia Nkrumah, the daughter of Ghana’s first president and Pan-Africanist, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, has won a parliamentary seat in the Western Region, ousting a veteran politician of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Lee Ocran.

Samia, who emerged from Egypt where she had been living, wrested the Jomoro seat from Ocran in Sunday’s elections.

She has not been known in Ghana politics but took the constituency by storm and won on the ticket of her father’s Convention People’s Party (CPP), which has been performing poorly.

Ocran has conceded defeat and congratulated Samia.

Samia’s brother Sekou, who has been living in Ghana, is a member of the NDC, while their elder brother lives in Egypt.

Meanwhile, the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has counselled the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) not to rush into declaring itself winner of the ongoing elections, but to wait patiently on the Electoral Commission.

It issued a statement after the NDC said it was aware that the NPP wants to hijack the election.

The statement, signed by Arthur Kennedy, said the NDC allegation was false because the NDC was not winning and the NPP was not trying to rig the election.

The NPP said: “Until now, we have refrained from claiming victory because four years ago, we did correctly claim victory and were criticised by the NDC and others.

The Office of Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, presidential candidate of the NDC, said it was aware of attempts by the NPP to rig the election and warned of dire consequences.

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