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Ablekuma North: ‘You do me I do you’ – Akua Afriyie shade Sheila Bartels after primaries

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The 2024 Parliamentary Candidate-elect for Ablekuma North Constituency on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akua Owusu Afriyie, has thrown shade at the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area.

The candidate who is Ghana’s deputy Ambassador to China and defeated Sheila Bartels, the incumbent MP in the just-ended primaries said it served the latter right to be booted out.

Madam Owusu Afriyie and incumbent MP Sheila Bartels contested for the NPP’s slot to represent Ablekuma North in the upcoming December 7 general elections.

She emerged victorious after Saturday’s nationwide poll, pulling 756 votes as against Ms. Bartels’ 637 votes in a total of 1,398 votes cast.

It would be recalled that in a similar contest during the 2020 primaries, Madam Owusu Afriyie who was then the sitting MP from 2016 lost her seat while seeking re-election to Ms. Bartels by 203 votes margin.

Speaking to journalists after being declared the winner, the former MP for Ablekuma North Madam Owusu Afriyie expressed her satisfaction with the change in leadership for the area.

Nana Akua Owusu Afriyie

According to her the “golden comeback” mantra that came into play was revenge for Sheila Bartels owning to the outcome of their contest in 2020.

She puts it thus, “this is simple, you do me, I do you.”

Nonetheless, she called on Sheila Bartel to forgo the outcome of the election and rally behind her based on the interest of the NPP to ensure that the Ablekuma North Parliamentary seat is safe and retained in December 2024.

“In 2020, when my sister (Sheila Bartel) won, I supported her from the very first day I lost ensuring that the NPP won the Ablekuma North seat. Therefore, I also entreat her in that regard to come and join forces with me to form a unifying front and work tirelessly to help break the eight.”

The Parliamentary Candidate elect thus expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the people of Ablekuma constituency for their confidence and mandate vested in her to represent the NPP in Parliamentary elections.

“I thank everyone here for their support, guidance, and protection because they have worked very very hard to make this possible. We have been campaigning vigorously for three years non-stop,” Nana Akua Owusu Afriyie added.

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