…Over Nana Addo’s Decision To Protect Ursula Owusu And Co
By Cecil Mensah
The decision by stalwartsof the Akyem Mafia, linked to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the twice defeated president candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party(NPP) to push for a no contest for some sixteen sitting female Members of Parliament (MPs) has hit the snag, as Constituency executives have shot the affirmative action
As of Press time last Tuesday, several supporters from Ablekuma, Okaikoi North and Awutu Senya East Constituencies, thronged the party office demanding an immediate action on the decision by Akyem Mafia, to have the sixteen female MPs to be contested only by females.
The Herald can report party supporters in the other regions, are also grouping to vehemently oppose the road map for the organization of the party’s parliamentary primaries.
The Herald can again report that the members of the Akyem Mafia, extensively took the decision to protect the female MPs closer to Nana Addo, key among the sixteen MPs of the Akyem Mafia, the seeking is seeking to protect were, Madam Ursula Owusu Ekuful, MP for Ablekuma West, Madam Irene NaaTorshieAddo, MP for Tema West, Madam Ayorkor Botchwey, MP for Anyaa-Sowutuom.
The rest are; Adwoa Sarfo, MP for Dome -Kwabenya , Madam Hawa Koomson, MP for Awutu Senya East, Giffty Clenam, MP for Lower West Akim and Madam Elizabeth Sackey, MP for Okaikoi North, among others.
Reports have it that, these MPs played key roles in raising funds for the Akufo for flagbearer 2012 campaign, when party insiders, were pushing for him to be replaced over the state of his health and age.
The call for his replacement, became intense when the Supreme Court, dismissed the relieve being sought by Nana Addo, his running mate, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, and Jake Obetsebi- Lamptey, former National chairman for the apex court to invalidate votes won by President John Dramani Mahama in the last Presidential elections.
The Herald is reliably informed at the said meeting to issue a road map for the organization of parliamentary primaries lasted for five hours at the party’s headquarters in Asylum Down.
It was attended by the ten regional Chairmen, National Council, National Executives Council, ex-Ministers, ex-Regional chairmen, ex-National chairmen, ex-MPs, former National organizers, who all decided to create a safe passage for the sixteen female MPs, without the consent of Constituency executives.
Although the attention of the Akyem Mafia was drawn to frosty relationship that existed between some of the female MPs and their Constituency executives across the country, they ignored it.
Even though the National Chairman, Mr Paul Afoko, General Secretary, Mr Kwabena Adjei Agyapong , National Youth Organizer, Sami Awuku and Upper East regional chairman one Adam, vehemently kicked against the decision teleguided by the flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and his cohorts, their efforts came to knot, as the members of the Akyem Mafia had their way.
The attitude of the Akyem Mafia to ignore the protest of the four gentlemen, particularly the Chairman and the General Secretary, indicate how divided members are on Asante/ Akyem bloc.
The Herald is reliably informed that some members of the Asante bloc are gloating over the uproar and backlash the decision has caused, since the announcement was made on Monday 23, 2015.
Others are claiming the Chairman stand vindicated over his resolute to contest the decision brought by the Akyeme Mafia at the last Monday meeting.