By Alfred Dogbey
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Asuogyaman Constituency, Kofi Osei-Ameyaw, has strangely withdrawn from the party’s upcoming parliamentary primary.
It is, however, unclear what has informed his decision not to seek re-election, but The Herald’s checks, revealed that the MP, had not picked nomination forms when the party recently made the forms available to all eligible persons seeking to be in Parliament on its ticket. This means that he cannot be vetted by the party as a parliamentary aspirant.
The veteran legislator and businessman did not give detail explanation over his decision, but only said, “After many discussions, debates, and deliberations, I ultimately followed the whispers of God, not to stand”.
The shocking news was communicated by the NPP stalwart in a message he sent to The Herald, on Wednesday, May 6, through Whatsapp.
Mr. Osei-Ameyaw, who was defeated in the 2008 Parliamentary election, but made a comeback in 2012, by also defeating Rev. Dr. Jose Asare-Akoto of National Democratic Congress (NDC), confirmed the report to this paper in a follow-up interview via telephone.
The Asuogyman MP, adds up to the number of incumbent NPP MPs from the Eastern Region, who have declared not to seek re-election. They include, Ofosu Asamoah, David Oppong Kusi and Peter Wiafe Peprah of Kade, Ofoase-Ayirebi and Abetifi Constituencies, respectively.
Mr. Osei-Ameyaw’s Whatsapp message read; “there are those who may not easily understand this, but I trust time will reveal my decision was the right thing to do at this juncture”.
He added, “My decision not to contest for re-election in the NPP primaries, in Asuogyaman, has not been an easy decision to make”, adding, “It is God who has led me thus far, and I ever trust Him”.
But the MP, who was one of the five presidential hopefuls who made it to the final round of the contest for the presidential race last year, told The Herald in a telephone interview yesterday that, there was no need to seek re-election to go to Parliament, after contesting one of the highest offices in the party; the flagbearer slot.
He further explained that, it is important to allow and give the chance to others to also serve the party and the people of Asuogyaman.
While waving goodbye at the seat, Mr. Osei-Ameyaw cautioned, “As we move forward to elect new candidates during the upcoming primaries, it is my hope that we, as a party, conduct ourselves with focus, fairness, and above all, dignity of purpose”.
To those troublemakers, he said, “Let us all stay mindful that we hail from the same political party, with the same purpose for the betterment of the people of Ghana. We have one-and-the-same aim, and that is to win the elections in 2016”.
According to him, “my focus and energies as the current MP of Asuogyaman are to continue to do my part to bring employment, education, sanitation, housing, and wealth, to my constituency”.
Mr. Osei-Ameyaw, disclosed that “my passionate involvement with the improvement of Asuogyaman began long before my first term of office as MP, and will continue long after my term as MP ends in 2016. I am a son, and will always be a son of Asuogyaman”.
The outgoing MP stated, “I urge all those who are contesting in the primaries, not to engage in the kind of mud-slinging battles that give our opponents ammunition to use against our winning NPP candidates during the National elections”, adding “as the winners of the primaries emerge, we must set aside all grievances and disappointments and stand full-heartedly behind the candidate with the most votes”.
“As a son, I will always care for the parent that fed and grew me into the political arena. I wish to take this opportunity to thank all those in Asogyouman who have stood so solidly beside me and stand with me to this day”, he noted.
“For those now contesting in Asuogyman, my message to you is; you seek to serve a beautiful constituency, with beautiful people; go forth with honor, truth, and commitment, and may the best man win!
“As a staunch member of the NPP, I shall also continue to do my part to bring victory to Nana Akufo-Addo and all contesting members of the NPP in the 2016 elections. I move forward as always, with confidence, faith, and hope”, he assured.