Lydia Alhassan, Second wife of the late Kyeremanteng Agyarko, has refuted claims that she intends to compete with her elder sister (first wife) in the upcoming by-elections in the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency.
“I wish to clear the air and state that I have not expressed an interest in the upcoming bye elections in the Awayaso West Wuogon constituency. I have remained in a deep state of shock and mourning following the sudden demise of the father of the seven beautiful children of E.K, five of which I bore with him. I believe I can say same for Naana and her beautiful and kind hearted Jane and Sonny. Why anybody would want to do this to a family in mourning beats my imagination,” she indicated.
News went viral this week that the two wives of the late Member of Parliament (MP) for Ayawaso West Wuogon Emmanuel Kyeremanten Agyarko are reportedly in a tussle over who takes up the seat as MP for the area.
According to media reports, some polling station executives and some constituents of the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency in the Greater Accra Region, including some students of the University of Ghana and GIMPA clashed at the NPP Greater Accra Regional Party Office each clamouring for one of the widows to replace her late husband.
They insisted the first wife of the late MP Naana Agyarko must be allowed to stand for the position solely or they would not vote.
Mr. Agyarko died on November 21, 2018, from a prolonged illness, and he’s yet to be buried. While a date is yet to be fixed for a bye-election, posters of both widows have emerged with passionate supporters calling on the two wives of the late NPP MP to go for their late husband’s seat as MP for Ayawaso West Wuogon.
But in a statement copied to Peacefmonline.com, Madam Alhassan said even though she has heard of ‘agitations from sections of the constituency‘ she does not intend to contest.
According to her, “at the right time the rank and file of the party shall decide on a candidate that we should all support“.
“I have remained in a deep state of shock and mourning following the sudden demise of the father of the seven beautiful children of E.K, five of which I bore with him. I believe I can say same for Naana and her beautiful and kind hearted Jane and Sonny. Why anybody would want to do this to a family in mourning beats my imagination.
Yes, several members of our party and the constituency in general have approached to suggest that I consider the idea and my response to them has remained the same; that I be allowed to bury the father of my children in peace and that the time is quite inappropriate for me now to engage in such discussions. I have also encouraged all to take the matter of the bye election in our constituency to the Lord in prayer.
I have heard of agitations from sections of the constituency for my candidature and I have sought to discourage those actions, believing that at the right time the rank and file of the party shall decide on a candidate that we should all support.
I appeal to the NPP family to tone down on the politics a bit in honor of a man who sacrificed and paid his due to the party at this time as the family prepares for a befitting burial. Let us join the family mourn a brother, a father, a husband, a gentle soul who loved humankind extremely” the statement further indicated.