One of the defeated MPs in Saturday’s parliamentary primaries of the governing NPP, Ato Panford says he remains committed to carrying out his parliamentary duties for the remainder of the year.
According to the Vice-Chairman of the Select Committee on Trade, Industry, and Tourism, even though he was unsuccessful in his bid he will continue to lift his head high and attend upon the House each day.
Mr. Panford together with some 39 other seasoned MPs, were shown the exit by delegates during the NPP’s primaries. The first-term MP for Shama in the Western region polled some 209 votes against 263 by a private legal practitioner, Samuel Abakah.
This has led to fears of apathy on the side of these defeated MPs, most of whom were part of the leadership of several standing and select committees of the House.
But Mr. Panford tells ABC News, he remains unfazed by the defeat and reiterated his commitment to ensuring that the work of Parliament continues. He also pledged support to his successor and promised to guide him to retain the Shama seat for the governing party.
“It’s not only the constituency that loses that much but Parliament also. My position in the House leading out most of the Trade, Industry, and Tourism issues will be affected. But I believe in the wisdom of leadership and I know they’ll find somebody to fill the gap.”
“I accept the verdict in good faith and will carry out my parliamentary duties for the rest of the year,” he said.
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