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Disqualified NPP aspirant ready to go independent

DISQUALIFIED NPP parliamentary aspirant in the Sunyani West constituency in the Bono region has indicated he is set to go independent.

Bernard Oduro Takyi, a Mandela Washington Fellow, pointed to a scheme inside the party to deny him the chance to contest the incumbent Labour and Employment Minister, Ignatius Baffour Awuah.

There is in-fighting within the governing New Patriotic Party over a plan to protect some sitting MPs, many of whom are also serving as ministers.

The Majority leader, Osei Kyei Mensa Bonsu, and the  First Deputy Speaker, Joe Osei- Owusu, have led a campaign for protectionism and are set to be its beneficiaries.

The plan is believed to be centred around constituencies in the Ashanti Region, the party’s main stronghold.

During the process of organising party primaries, several aspirants complained they were denied nomination forms, others had to travel to the national capital Accra to pick a form.

After attending a vetting in February, the presiding member of the Sunyani West District Assembly, Bernard Oduro Takyi, said he was told he did not qualify.

“I wrote to the National Parliamentary Vetting Committee on March 11, 2020, on why I was not recommended. Till date no response has been communicated,” he said.

He said he filed an appeal with the National Parliamentary Appeals Committee and appeared before it on March 18th, 2020.

He is yet to be told anything after more than two months. Mr. Takyi believed the coronavirus pandemic was being used as an excuse by the party to keep silent.

Mr Takyi argued that giving the results of an appeals committee had nothing to do with coronavirus. According to him,  a time-wasting tactic was being employed to frustrate his ambitions.

He anchors his campaign on the slogan,  “emmer3 noaa nie” to wit ‘the time is now’.

Bernard Oduro Takyi

Mr Takyi has demanded to be reinstated into the race with barely six months to go for the parliamentary elections or he would go solo.

Following precedents? 

It won’t be new to the party. In 2008, the current First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joe Osei- Owusu, went in independent and won the Bekwai seat.

In that same elections, Seth Adjei-Baah, popularly known as Shaaba, the Managing Director of Shaaba Enterprise Limited, won the Nkawkaw Constituency Parliamentary seat.

Both men joined the NPP’S Majority side in Parliament.

In 2012, Mr Osei-Owusu retained his seat on the ticket of the NPP. Mr Adjei-Baah, however, lost the primaries to Eric Kwakye Daffour, who is the incumbent MP for Nkawkaw.

 

 

 

 

6 Comments
  1. Anonymous says

    Good idea sunyani west we don’t need baffour awuah again..if dey bring baffour again we will vote against him.the only person we want is B.O.T. the man with vision for sunyani west not incompetent mp baffour awuah… baffour must goo..

  2. Anonymous says

    Hon Baffour Awuah can not mention even one project for the past 12 years as mp we r going to vote against this year BOT All the way

  3. Frank K Odumase says

    I swear’ Baffour Awuah will lose this seat forever
    Simple we don’t need Baffour Awuah and we are ready to die for B.O.T’ Nana Addo Be smart Ok.

  4. Anonymous says

    When the wind of change is blowing no one can change its direction and here come that : Sunyani West municipal assembly need New face to represent us at the Parliament as well as the incumbent will be enjoying his ministerial role for the next 4 years to come but never again as an MP for the constituency … B.O.T the change is natural

  5. Kesse Morris says

    When the wind of change is blowing no one can change its direction and here come that : Sunyani West municipal assembly need New face to represent us at the Parliament as well as the incumbent will be enjoying his ministerial role for the next 4 years to come but never again as an MP for the constituency … B.O.T the change is natural

  6. Anonymous says

    Who cares and fears of him going independent? We know of NPP and nothing more. We’ve waited for this announcement for Long. He should be bold so that we can start treating him as an outsider. There have never been an instant of shit bombing until This learned fellow picked forms to contest primaries. His handlers can’t tell him the Truth. He lost it all the very day he picked his forms. Circulated online with videos throwing jabs at the incumbent as if he is in the opposition. Meanwhile its an internal contest. He can even decide to register a new party no one cares. The shit bombing report is following him everywhere. He should tell you his flaws and stop suppressing the Truth.

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