..As Her Chairman Resigns To Contest Seat
By Cecil Mesah
The unilateral decision by Nana Dankwa Akufo-Addo and cohorts in the Akyem Mafia to protect Ursula Owusu and fifteen other female Members of Parliament (MPs0 with the affirmative action directives, has spelt doom for her political career.
Last week Monday at the National Executives Council (NEC) meeting held at the party’s headquarters in Accra, took certain decisions, among which includes the protection of some female MPs.
Nana Akufo -Addo, twice defeated presidential candidate for the largest opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) and his likes in Parliament mooted the idea for an affirmative action to protect some sixteen female MPs in parliament on the party’s ticket.
The decision The Herald learnt was purposefully to court some sympathies from the affirmative action groups and activists across the country.
Barely a week after the decision was announced, the Ablekuma West Constituency Chairman, Mr Theophilus Tettey, has resigned his post to file to contest Madam Owusu at the party’s primary.
Mr Tettey, otherwise known as ‘Chairman one’ alongside one Roni Kwesi Nicol, are lacing their boots to contest for the seat.
The two are feverishly hoping to slug it out with the MP, whom Nana Addo, sought to protect.
It is on record that there is a long standing misunderstanding between the Chairman and the MP.
In certain instance, the MP was reported to have told her cronies in the Constituency that there was no way she was going to work with a poultry farmer as her Constituency chairmen.
She is reported to have said further that “there was no way she was going to deal with a mere poultry farmer as her Chairman hence her decision to open a parallel Constituency office at Exhibition, a suburb in Dansoman.
The confusion among the two festered in 2012, when the Electoral Commission (EC), took the decision to carve a new Constituency out of the Ablekuma South Constituency, held by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP, Mr Fritz Baffoe.
According to reports, when the Constituency was created, Madam Ursula Owusu, prevailed on her Chairman to opt for the South, but he refused, hence the dispute that culminated into all manner of insults on radio.
The female MP’s that Nana Addo’s affirmative action directive seeks to protect are; Madam Ayorkor Botchwey, MP for Anya-Sowutuom, Adwoa Sarfo, MP for Dome-Kwabenya, Elizabeth Sackey, MP for Okaikoi North, Gifty Clenam, MP for Lower West AKim, Comfort Rose Abra, MP for Weja –Gbawe, Naa Torshie Addo, MP Tema West, Hawa Mavis Koomson, MP for Awutu Senya and Elizabeth Appiagyei, MP for Asokwa.
The rest are; Esther Obeng Dappah, MP for Abrim, Gifty Kusi, MP for Tarkwa Nsuam, Grace Addo, MP for Manso Nkwanata, Elizabeth Agyemang, MP for Oforikrom, Abena Osei, MP for Atiwa East, Freda Prempeh, MP for Tanao North and Ama Pomaa, MP for New Juabeng.
So far the following party executives: have also resigned to contest, they include, Nii Noi Dowuona, NPP Constituency chairman for Kloley Klottey, to contest the seat held by the NDC’s Nii Armah Ashietey’
Key among them was the resignation of Kennedy Kankam as Ashanti Regional Organiser of the NPP to contest incumbent MP for Nhyiaeso, alongside Stephen Amoah, popularly known as Sticker, who is also in the race for the seat.
The Oforikrom seat is also under siege as the Constituency chairman, Dr Emmanuel Marfo, has resigned his position in a bid to unseat incumbent, Elizabeth Agyemang, during the upcoming primaries.
Others who have also resigned to contest the parliamentary primaries in the Ashanti Region are, chairman for the Offinso South constituency for the same seat, the Communications Officer of Asawase constituency and the Deputy Youth Organiser for Manhyia, who is contesting for the constituency primaries in Tano South.
Brong Ahafo Regional Organiser, Ali Maiga, is contesting for the Dormaa West constituency primary of the party.
As it stands now, the Constituency seems to be divided, with Ursula and her group on one side, and the Constituency Executives on the other side.
At New Juaben South constituency in the Eastern Region, the constituency Vice chairman, Michael Kofi Okyere-Baafi, has resigned his position to contest incumbent, Dr Mark Assibey-Yeboah.
Two persons have also resigned in the Adenta constituency to contest in the upcoming parliamentary primaries.