Party executives and supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Akropong in the Akuapim North Constituency of the Eastern Region, have protested against the disqualification of Lawyer Philip Addison and William Agyei Twumasi by the vetting committee.
Legal practitioner, Lawyer Philip Addison and William Agyei Twumasi who were contesting the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP), Nana Ama Dokua Asiamah were among the 15 aspirants disqualified by the vetting Committee in the Eastern Region.
Days after the vetting exercise which led to the disqualification of the two, some party [NPP] executives and followers of the aspirants in Akropong in the Eastern Region took to the streets to protest.
They have threatened to proceed to national to protest further if the two are not allowed to contest the seat.
Addressing the media after the protest walk at Akropong on Wednesday, 11th March, 2020, Dr Eric Danquah, spokesperson for the concerned supporters said: “the incumbent MP has become unpopular within the party and among the electorates at large, therefore it would be disastrous for the NPP to impose her on the constituency.”
“Apart from the fact that it is undemocratic, our fortunes in the upcoming national election are going to suffer a huge deficit with the incumbent MP going unopposed and becoming a candidate for the General Election. As we speak, there is uneasy calm among the constituents who are members of our party and it would take the reinstatement of Mr. Addison to calm nerves down,” he added.
They further added that the NPP will lose the seat to NDC if the incumbent MP is allowed to go unopposed.
“NPP will lose the seat if the MP is not subjected to contest in the primaries because we will opt for skirt and browse vote come December 2020 in the General Election,” they furiously noted.
The agitated fans thereafter called on the National Vetting Committee to allow all the aspirants to contest the primaries.
“Lawyer Addison has contributed vastly to the party in the constituency so those who claims that he[Lawyer Philip Addison] has not nurtured the party do not know what’s on the ground. He deserves better considering his immense role as the leading counsel during the 2012 election petition for the NPP,” they said.
Source: Ghana | Angelfmonlinegh.com | Samuel Sackey