Six New Patriotic Party (NPP) members in the Abuakwa North constituency of the Eastern Region have picked nomination forms and have been vetted by the regional branch of the party to contest in the parliamentary primary scheduled for Tuesday.
The election will take place at the New Tafo CRIG Centre from 8am to 1pm, with 375 delegates from the 64 electoral areas expected to elect a candidate for the March 29, 2016 by-election.
The Eastern Regional first vice chairman of the NPP, Alhaji Umar Bondinga, who confirmed this to DAILY GUIDE, said the measure was taken by the party following the death of Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu, who was stabbed to death at his Shiashie residence in Accra on 9th February, 2016. He said the party had to elect a parliamentary candidate to contest the by-election with the ruling National Democratic Congress’ (NDC’s) Anthony Gyimah.
Speculations are rife that the NDC might drop its candidate for Victor Smith, a defeated parliamentary candidate during the 2012 polls and now Ghana’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
The NPP parliamentary aspirants, including Gifty Twum Ampofo, president of the Science Teachers’ Association of the Eastern Region, from Kukurantumi; Isaac Osei Ampadu, a licensed auctioneer and timber merchant from Anyinisi; Kyei Brobbey, immediate past headmaster of Ofori Panin Senior High School, from Old Tafo; Professor Emeritus Samuel Amoako, former Abuakwa North MP; Owusu Twum-Ampofo aka Pataku, former headmaster of Nkawkaw Senior High School and Lawyer Amoah Kay Jnr, have all been vetted.
According to the regional first vice chairman, Lawyer Amoah Kay Jnr, who lost the parliamentary primary to the late Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu in June last year, showed up for the exercise but after the vetting, he declared his intention to withdraw from the race and throw his weight behind Gifty Twum Ampofo on Sunday.
Alhaji Umar Bondinga, who also expressed interest, later stepped down due to what he termed ‘personal reasons.’
DAILY GUIDE after the vetting, gathered that majority of the constituents at Kukurantumi stormed the party premises where the vetting took place to declare their support for Mrs Gifty Twum Ampofo.
Some of Lawyer Amoah Kay’s supporters who spoke to DAILY GUIDE said they were going to campaign and vote for Mrs Twum Ampofo to win the parliamentary primary and also the upcoming by-election.
Barely 24 hours to the parliamentary primary, this paper noted that the contenders were busily campaigning.
Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission will on Tuesday open nominations for interested parties to pick forms towards the by-election.
The family of the late JB Danquah-Adu is feverishly preparing towards the burial and the final funeral rites of the late MP, which has been slated for 19th March at Akyem Tafo.
FROM Daniel Bampoe, Akyem-Kukurantumi