….As Party Clears Her Main Competitor For Primary
By Cecil Mensah
The Tema West Constituency primary of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), would be one to watch, ahead of the internal party wrangling that has plagued the third term bid of the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP), Irene Naa Tosrhie Addo.
Reliable information available to this paper, says Madam Addo, after working in the chambers of Akufo-Addo, Prempeh and Co, was appointed Ghana’s Deputy Ambassador to the United States of America by the then Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and returned to unseat the then Majority Leader in Parliament, Mr Abraham Osei Aidoo, as the party’s parliamentary candidate for the 2004 elections.
The Herald can report the party at the Constituency level is deeply divided along two blocs, the Asante-Bono bloc led by ex-president, John Agyekum Kufour and the Akyem Bloc, led by the twice defeated presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo from the Eastern region, the reports say, both blocs are scheming to have their candidate elected, hence the intense fight, suspicion and mistrust among the leadership of the party.
The party is deeply divided along these two blocs to the extent that leadership is fighting over who should get what and when in the June 13, 2015 primary of the
This, The Herald has learnt is resulting in some members of the two blocs scheming to have some of their avowed competitors disqualified ahead of the primary.
A petition dated May 19, 2015 and addressed to the National Chairman of the party, Mr Paul Afoko by one Richard Nii Amugi, Assistant Constituency Secretary of Tema West, headlined” Appeal against the Decision of the Regional Appeal ‘s Committee Concerning kingsley Ahenkorah in Tema west Constituency”
According to the said petition, Mr Amugi, is appealing against the Regional Appeal’s Committee’s decision to clear Mr Kingsley Ahenkorah, one of the main contenders against the incumbent MP in the NPP Parliamentary Primary in the Tema West Constituency.
The said petition, contended that there was no National Representative on the Regional Appeal’s committee that cleared Mr Ahenkorah, stating the party’s Constitution clearly state there should be one national officer when an aspirant is being cleared.
Mr Amugi, challenged the clearance saying, “I am also informed that the vetting report signed by the committee chairman, who is also the chairman of the council of elders as well as majority of the committee members because the report was not put before the appeals committee”
The petition said, Mr Ahenkorah, was not able to prove nurturing of the constituency for a period of four years preceding an election in the Tema West Constituency at his vetting.
The petition added Mr Ahenkorah was not able to prove, he voted in the Tema West Constituency in the last elections.
The petition alleged Mr Ahenkorah had two party Identity Cards (ID) from two different constituencies in the Greater Accra region and earlier lied about it during his vetting.
The petition said Mr Ahenkoah had about year ago formed a personality based fun club to project, which later caused confusion and disunity among the party members in the constituency.
The petition said the Tema West was one of the coastal seats reserved for Ga indigenes but Mr Ahenkorah wanted to try his luck.
Meanwhile, the Greater Accra Regional leadership of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has rejected the report which cleared some Parliamentary aspirants who
were disqualified by the Vetting Committee.
The NPP’s Appeals Committee after deliberations cleared some disqualified aspirants including one Carlos Ahenkorah of the a Tema West constituency to contest the primaries.
Media reports said the aspirants had been cleared to contest the party’s primaries on June 13.
But addressing a news conference on Tuesday, the Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the NPP, Ishmael Ashitey said the report of the Appeals Committee does not hold.
He stated emphatically that the Greater Accra regional steering committee made the decision to reject the report.
According to Ashitey, there are a lot of “inconsistencies, a lot of mistakes here and there that we feel we should not allow this report to stand so we are rejecting the report.”