Yamoah Ponkoh Cries Over Ejisu Assembly Rejection

AFRIFA YAMOAH Ponkoh, who suffered an embarrassing defeat in his bid to return to the Ejisu/Juaben Municipal Assembly as Chief executive, has stated that he is disappointed about the development.

“I am a human being and naturally I should feel disappointed for not getting the nod. Yeah I’m disappointed because I could not get the needed votes,” the outspoken politician bemoaned on radio.

Yamoah Ponkoh, who is President Mahama’s nominee for the chief executive position at Ejisu/Juaben, predictably managed a meager 25 votes as against 45 during the assembly’s election to endorse him on Tuesday.

Mr Yamoah Ponkoh had duly finished serving his first four-year term as the MCE of the area, which reports indicate, was dogged with clashes between him and some key personalities, due to his abrasive leadership style.

He, however, insisted that his failure to get the required votes (two-thirds of the members present and voting) from the assemblymen was not a signal that he failed to perform as the MCE during his first four-year term.

“I have not failed. Did I write any examination to fail?” he was quoted as saying in a voice which was played on Nhyira FM in Kumasi. Yamoah Ponkoh insisted that he was in high spirits despite the defeat.

The former MCE, who sounded confident, stated that he would surely be nominated again by President Mahama, indicating that he would be second time lucky if the assembly members voted on him again.

He debunked reports that the people of Ejisu/Juaben don’t like him, which resulted in his embarrassing showdown during the polls. He said, “It is not true that the people of Ejisu/Juaben don’t like me.”

Yamoah Ponkoh said even though he failed to secure the required number of votes, his showdown could not erase the massive achievements that he chalked during his first term as the MCE.

He said the Ejisu/Juaben assembly is virtually on its knees just six months after he left office, alleging that “now some of the staff of the assembly report at work at 10am and the place is also very dirty.” He noted told Kofi Asante of Nhyira FM, “This is not the assembly that I left behind. This is the first time that I am visiting the premises of the municipal assembly and the whole place is in a mess.”

FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi

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