Retire Armah Buah in 2020 elections-Akufo-Addo rallies Ellembelle voters
President Nana Akufo-Addo has rallied voters in the Ellembelle Constituency in the Western Region to retire their two-term National Democratic Congress lawmaker, Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah.
He wants the constituents to replace him with the New Patriotic Party(NPP) candidate, Kwasi Bonzoh, who has been floored twice by the incumbent.
In a clarion call to cheering party supporters in the Ellembelle Constituency as part of his tour of the Western Region, the President said it was time to end the dominance of the NDC in the last three elections in the area.
Addressing the chiefs and people of Tele-Bokazo in the Eastern Nzema District, he said, “the incumbent MP, Armah Kofi Buah has done his best. He has done all he can do. It is time for change. Let’s bid him farewell and bring in somebody else.”
Mr Buah entered Parliament in 2008, snatching the seat from a veteran politician, Freddy Blay, (and current NPP Chairman), who was otherwise known as ‘Ellembelle Mugabe.’
Mr Blay, although he contested on the ticket of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP) had entered into an alliance with the NPP, which prevented the Danquah-Busia party from filling candidates in the constituency.
In 1996, he won the seat with just 12 votes, stretched the margin to more than 4,000 votes in 2000, and maintained the seat again in 2004.
But luck eluded him in 2008 when the incumbent tossed him out with almost 2,000 votes in 2008 in a year that the NDC campaigned for change.
Three years after losing that election, Mr Blay defected from the CPP to join the NPP, saying he felt comfortable with the NPP.
But he did not join the parliamentary race.
A young businessman, Kwasi Bonzoh, stepped up for the NPP ticket without opposition.
However, when he met Mr Buah in 2012, he lost by more than 8,000 votes.
Again, Mr Bonzoh went unopposed in 2016 and met Mr Buah in the general election.
It was the closest of the battles the two fought. Although Mr Buah won, the gap narrowed to a little over 2,000 votes.
As the two lace their boots for a third encounter in the 2020 elections, Mr Buah now carries the Mugabe tag and faces an opponent that has significantly closed the gap between the NDC and the NPP since 2012.