Abeiku Santana Chickens Out

Abeiku Santana addressing NDC gathering
A presenter on Okay Fm – an Accra-based radio station – Gilbert Abeiku Aggrey aka Abeiku Santana, failed to pick forms to contest in the parliamentary primaries of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at the Mfantsiman constituency as the party closed the filing of nominations yesterday.

The party’s deputy constituency secretary, Kwesi Budu Hagan, told Asempa FM Thursday that the vociferous radio presenter failed to pick forms, despite making pronouncements on radio about his intention to take part in the contest.

‘I am talking in my capacity as deputy constituency secretary and I must state that Abeiku Santana, as I speak, had failed to pick nomination forms or submit any to contest the Mfantseman seat…,’ he said.

The constituency secretary said further that only three persons, including the District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area, Henry Hayford and constituency chairman, James Eshun, had picked and submitted their forms to contest in the November 7 primaries.

Posters announcing plans by the radio presenter to contest the seat in his home region emerged months ago – a development which did not shock many as Abeiku had openly campaigned for President John Dramani Mahama in the 2012 elections,

Despite not being able to state categorically what caused Abeiku Santana to drop his interest in the race, Kwesi Budu said he was sure the radio presenter chickened out after research in the constituency had shown that he was not as popular as he might have thought.

“I am sure he conducted his own research and found out that the party chairman was solid on the ground and hence, knew he would lose if he contested…so he decided to withdraw to save his reputation…,’ he said.

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