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NDC Primaries in Shai-Osudoku Constituency: Linda Obenewaa Akweley Ocloo Faces Tough Contest

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As the 2024 presidential and parliamentary elections draw closer, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is set to hold primaries across all 275 constituencies in Ghana on May 13, 2023. One of the constituencies that will participate in the primaries is the Shai-Osudoku Constituency in the Greater Accra Region, where the incumbent Member of Parliament, Linda Obenewaa Akweley Ocloo, will face stiff competition from two other candidates: David Tetteh Assumeng, a former Member of Parliament for the constituency, and Professor Dr Michael Kpessa-Whyte, a former Presidential Staffer and Executive Director of the National Service Scheme.

Linda Obenewaa Akweley Ocloo, who is seeking re-election for a third term, has a strong track record in health, education, rural electrification, water, and sanitation. She previously worked in the banking and insurance industries before venturing into politics. She is a member of the Government Assurance Committee and the Food, Agriculture, and Cocoa Affairs Committees of Parliament, and is highly regarded by the minority leadership as one of the few distinguished female lawmakers in the 8th Parliament of Ghana.

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David Tetteh Assumeng, a former Youth Co-ordinator of the National Youth Council at the Ada West District, represented the Shai-Osudoku Constituency in Parliament from 2005 to 2017. He lost the NDC primaries in 2015 to the late Desmond William Ocloo, Linda’s husband. However, he is staging a comeback in the upcoming primaries.

Professor Dr Michael Kpessa-Whyte, a native of the Shai-Osudoku Constituency, is a renowned academic and expert in African politics. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, a Master of Arts in Political Science, and a Ph.D. in Political Science. He served as the Policy Advisor to former President Mahama and was recently promoted to the rank of an associate Professor at the University of Ghana. Dr Kpessa-Whyte is the author of several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and acted as a second witness for the petitioner who was cross-examined in the ‘strongroom’ of the Electoral Commission during the 2020 general elections.

The primaries in the Shai-Osudoku Constituency are expected to be fiercely contested, with security experts and poll analysts describing the constituency as an election flashpoint. As the NDC members in the constituency cast their votes on May 13, 2023, the stakes will be high for the three candidates as they seek to represent the constituency in the 2024 parliamentary elections.

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