Ralph Poku-Adusei, the New Patriotic Party’s Parliamentary Candidate for Bekwai, has confidently asserted that Retired Commissioner of Police (COP), George Alex Mensah, was not a challenge to him in the primaries.
Despite COP Mensah being expected to win with the backing of the incumbent MP, Joseph Osei-Owusu, he faced defeat as Poku-Adusei emerged victorious with 662 votes, while the retired commissioner secured 245 votes. The other contenders, Henry Opoku-Ware and Kingsley Opoku Agyemang, polled 30 and 1 vote, respectively.
The primary, featuring four candidates vying to replace Joseph Osei-Owusu, who chose not to seek re-election, saw COP Mensah’s unexpected loss despite the public endorsement of the current MP.
In an interview with Selorm Adonoo on Eyewitness News, Poku-Adusei expressed his readiness and long-term preparation for leading the constituency, dating back to 2015.
He emphasized that the decision of Osei-Owusu not to seek re-election had been known since the last general elections, making COP Mensah’s entry into the race relatively late.
Poku-Adusei highlighted his extensive preparation for the role, which began in 2015 when he identified the opportunity to serve the people of Bekwai. He stated that his comprehensive preparation, both logistically and financially, had positioned him well for the contest.
According to Poku-Adusei, winning was never in doubt for him, as he had been preparing for this moment for several years. He believes that COP Mensah’s entry into the race came too late, given the circumstances and the groundwork he had already laid.
Overall, Poku-Adusei’s victory in the primaries reflects his confidence in his abilities and his dedication to serving the people of Bekwai.