Deputy Minority Leader Dominic Nitiwul has thrown his weight behind his boss, Minority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu in the forthcoming primaries of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Speaking to the Daily Guide yesterday, he questioned why such an experienced person should not be allowed to be in Parliament so the country’s democracy can benefit from his wealth of knowledge acquired over the years.
‘It is not in our interest to change our leader when we are seeking political power’ he said.
He defended his crusade by referring to how Hon. Alban Bagbin campaigned for the then Hon. John Mahama because it was in the interest of the party for him to do so. ‘It is therefore not out of order for me to do what I am doing for my boss,’ he said.
‘What are we doing to ourselves?’ he lamented and said ‘If I were a delegate I would definitely vote for Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu. Aristocrats died for Hitler. As long as he remains our leader we must ensure that delegates vote for him. That is my position and it makes sense given the effect of losing him through a primary election in his constituency.’
Continuing he said ‘when you throw out your leader in Parliament you throw out the opposition.’
Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu is the MP for the Suame constituency in the Ashanti Region, one of the electoral areas where there is intense pressure on the incumbent by aspirants.
Many share in the position of Hon. Dominic Nitiwul. Yesterday in an Oman FM radio interview, Hon. Dan Botwe pointed at the drawbacks of losing the old hands in Parliament.
He recalled that in previous primaries, protection was offered some MPs because that move inured to the interest of the party.
‘Fresh MPs would take, sometimes, two years to build the necessary confidence to undertake parliamentary work,’ he added.
By A.R. Gomda
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