Some women delegates belonging to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Asawase Constituency are on the heels of the party’s Ashanti Regional Chairman, Bernard Antwi Boasiako (Wontumi) and Regional Secretary, Samuel Payne for what they say is their roles in the exclusion of presidential staffer, Manaf Ibrahim from contesting the upcoming parliamentary primary in the constituency.
According to them, the two cannot be excluded from blame in the circumstances that led to the decision by the regional executive committee of the party to field the Municipal Chief Executive of the Asokore Mampong, Hon. Alidu Seidu to stand unopposed for the parliamentary candidacy for Asawase for the poll in 2020.
Two other MDCEs, Salisu Bamba and Joseph Owusu of the Ejura-Sekyedumase and Sekyere Afram Plains South respectively would also stand unopposed in their constituencies, according to the resolution by the party.
“At a meeting of the Regional Executive Committee of the party held on Monday, 29th July, 2019, the Regional Executive Committee (REC), after thorough and exhaustive deliberations, have unanimously declared that, the three(3) Orphan Constituencies in the region shall sponsor the candidatures of Hon. Alidu Seidu, MCE- Asokore Mampong, Hon. Salisu Bamba, MCE – Ejura Sekyeredumasi and Hon. Joseph Owusu, DCE – Sekyere Afram Plains as sole candidates for the Asawasi, Ejura Sekyeredumasi and Sekyere Afram Plains respectively”, the resolution signed by Mr Samuel Payne read in part.
“This action is in line with the party’s strategy to annex these three (3) constituencies. The party is resolved to make sure that, all other actions are in tune with Article 12,(I) of the party’s constitution and all party members are enjoined to abide by this resolution. Party members who flout this directive shall be sanctioned according to the rules and regulations of the party’s constitution”, it said.
But the women delegates who argue the resolution offends the constitution of the party, say there should be an open contest in the Asawase Constituency due to the ‘volatile security situation” in the Asawase area, when it comes to matters of political concern.
Some of them who spoke with Angel News said, they would not relent in supporting Hon. Alidu Seidu to annex the seat in 2020 should he emerge the winner of an open contest with Manaf Ibrahim, but anything short of that would mean the Asawase seat shall remain in the hands of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).