…Naa Torshie, Gifty Klenam & Other NPP female MPs hanged unjustly
With less than ten months left for the 20016 Presidential and Parliamentary elections, the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Ablekuma West Constituency of the Greater Accra Region, is yet to hold primaries, but the sitting Member of Parliament (MP), is carrying herself as the 2016 NPP parliamentary candidate.
Lawyer Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has since splashed her posters and campaign paraphernalia along the principal streets in the Constituency, suggesting she has the endorsement of her party as its candidature for the 2016 parliamentary elections.
The sitting MP, a loyalist of the twice defeated Presidential candidate of the NPP, seems to be enjoying Nana Akufo-Addo’s support by clandestinely going unopposed, after all her colleague females in Parliament, had submitted themselves to a grueling campaigning exercise and constituency primaries; won or got embarrassingly defeated.
Lawyer Irene Naa Torshie of Tema West Constituency, was among those who diligently submitted themselves to be duly elected on the ticket of the NPP but got rejected, but got thrashed by Carlos Ahenkorah.
Also, dislodged from her seat is Gifty Klenam of the Lower West Akyem Constituency the Asamankese area of the Eastern Region.
The MPs namely; Elizabeth Agyemang, for Oforikrom Constituency in the Ashanti Region, Gifty Eugenia Kusi, for Tarkwa Nsuaem Constituency in the Western Region, Grace Addo Manso for Manso Nkwanta Constituency, and Rosemond Comfort Abrah, for Weija-Gbawe Constituency, were all dislodged from their seats.
What is interesting is that, all the NPP female MPs, including Ursula, had demanded a special treatment from the leadership; the NPP National Council to have them elected by popular acclamation as part of the special arrangement to increase the number of women on the side of the NPP in Parliament. But this proposal was rejected.
For instance, folks in the Lower West Akyem Constituency, journeyed all the way to Accra to register their displeasure against the policy, which would have made their female MP, Gifty Klenam go unopposed, at the national headquarters. She indeed, lost the primary.
But the powerful Mrs. Owusu- Ekuful, has cleverly swerved parliamentary primaries, having been billed to face fierce challenge from Theophilus Nartey, (popularly known as Chairman 1) who resigned his position as Constituency Chairman to contest the primaries.
Also wanting to battle and dislodge Ursula, was one gentleman by name Roni. One of the two at the time the NPP held its nationwide primary, looked most certain to defeat the incumbent.
The party, had failed to organize the primary, assigning some inaccuracies on the polling station register as the reason for the suspension of the primary.
A visit to the Ablekuma West Constituency specifically, the Dansoman area by The Herald revealed how the sitting MP, has splashed her campaign posters all over the main street. This means she is going in to face the NDC’s down –to- earth Diana Twum.
The Herald can report that, the Exhibition Roundabout area near the Constituency office acquired by the MP, without the knowledge of the Constituency Chairman and party members, had a giant poster with the portrait of the MP, wishing the constituents Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
There was an inscription “from the MP and vote for Ursula as MP for Ablekuma West … vote Nana Akufo-Addo for president,” on the same billboard, meaning she had elected herself as the NPP’s 2016 Parliamentary Candidate.
The street lights along the Dansoman Highway, were also awashed with the campaign posters of the MP.
It is not clear what the position of the current National Executives led by Acting National Chairman, Freddie Blay, and acting General Secretary, John Buadu on Ursula is.
However, speculations are that, the MP, who is liked by the Acting Chairman Blay, could influence him not to have primaries in that Constituency.
Last year, the NPP, introduced a policy that was to disallow males from contesting sitting female MPs in 16 constituencies. The policy was contained in a press statement when the party opened nominations for parliamentary primaries on March 30, 2015.
The statement announced a proposal by the National Executives Committee (NEC) for only female aspirants to contest the 16 female MPs in their respective constituencies in the party’s primaries held on May 24, 2015 to select parliamentary aspirants for the 2016 general elections.