Dismissed presidential staffer and parliamentary candidate hopeful for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Manaf Ibrahim has won an online poll by a landslide, TheNewsGh.com reports.
Five hundred and eighty seven (587) Facebook users, just a few hundreds shy of the number of delegates who would take the decision on the groud, participated in the poll, created by Nino brown 1, a page that appears to be very popular amongst Zongo youth in Ghana.
“If today will be voting day, then who do you like to vote for and tell us why? #share for Manaf Ibrahim (NPP) and #like for Alidu Seidu”, creators of the poll elicited from the voters on October 2.
By the end of the poll, Manaf Ibrahim had won 81% of total votes; Alidu Seidu, his contender got only 19% of the votes.
The Facebook poll, however would not represent the decision of NPP delegates in the Asawase Constituency should an open contest be held; it could however be an instructive lesson to the party and the two contenders.
The Municipal Chief Executive of Asokore Mampong, Alidu was confirmed as the parliamentary candidate of the NPP in the Asawase Constituency last Saturday by a popular acclamation, supervised by the executives of the party in the Ashanti region.
But the national executives of the party say, the acclamation cannot hold because of a court injunction brought against it by Manaf Ibrahim.
National Organiser, Sammi Awuku announced on Peace FM on the day of the acclamation that, the event had been suspended;but it went on despite the public announcement.
It looks more likely that an open contest would be conducted in the Asawase Constituency if the “executive resolution” to let Alidu Seidu run unopposed is annulled, as Manaf Ibrahim clings to the hope of securing the seat for the NPP by “sacrificing” his appointment at the Presidency.
Eight hundred and sixty seven (867) delegates from 169 polling stations and 10 electoral areas in the constituency would vote if an open contest is held.