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PPP, CPP will not contest Abuakwa North by-election

The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) and the Convention People’s Party (CPP) have taken a decision not to contest the upcoming Abuakwa North constituency by-election.

The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) last week Wednesday also disclosed that it would not contest in the by-election.

According to the NDC, the circumstances surrounding the MP’s “gruesome murder that brought the nation to a standstill” made it impossible for it to contest.

“The NDC is of the opinion that the scar of grief and sorrow emanating from such barbaric act would take a longer time to heal, and it would be appropriate to desist from any act that has the tendency to aggravate the pain that J.B’s family has been subjected to,” the party’s statement said.

In a statement, the PPP also said, “The National Committee (NC) of the Progressive People’s Party on February 24, 2016 decided not to contest the by-election in Abuakwa North which is scheduled for March 29 this year.”

The PPP, therefore, called upon the constituency executive to go ahead with their strategy of organising at the polling station level to ensure victory come November 7, 2016.

The CPP also announced its decision not to contest the Abuakwa North by-election slated for March 29.

The CPP said its “decision is strictly informed by our party’s analysis of the situation”.

However, it served notice that it would “contest the seat in the general election in November”.

“We continue to mourn with the people of Abuakwa North and the NPP. It is our prayer that finality would be brought to the unfortunate murder of the late MP by ensuring justice is served,” a statement signed by Kadiri Abdul Rauf Issifu, CPP Director of Communication, said.

The seat became vacant when the Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency, Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu, was murdered in cold blood at his residence at Shiashie in Accra some weeks ago.

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