Hardwork and Perseverance: The story of Cletus Seidu Dapilah, NDC candidate-elect for Jirapa

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The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate-elect for the Jirapa Constituency in the Upper West Region can easily pass for a person whose resilience, determination and perseverance knows no bounds.

Cletus Seidu Dapilah is a former constituency secretary of the NDC in the Jirapa Constituency and a former District Chief Executive for Jirapa.

Last year, he contested for the position of NDC regional Secretary for the Upper West Region and lost to Charles Lwanga Puozuing.

That did not deter him from going ahead to contest the party’s parliamentary primaries.

He beat off very stiff and tight competition from four other aspirants, including the incumbent Member of Parliament, Dr. Francis Dakurah, to clinch victory.

He thus will be the NDC candidate in the 2020 elections in the Jirapa Constituency.

Mr. Dapilah is largely credited with reclaiming the Jirapa Constituency seat for the NDC in the 2016 elections after it was taken by an independent candidate in the 2012 elections.

Below are the certified results for the NDC Parliamentary Primaries in the Jirapa Constituency held on Friday, August 24, 2019.


  1. Hon Bright Babanye Salia – 146
  2. Hon Richard Kuunaah – 36
  3. Hon Reagan Dapilah – 17
  4. Hon Dr Francis Bawaana Dakura – 256
  5. Hon Lawyer Vitus Gang – 110
  6. Hon Cletus Seidu Dapilah – 429

Rejected ballots 20

Total votes cast 1014


Source: BestNewsGH.com


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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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