Ama Asefo-Boakye files nomination forms, frowns on vote-buying

By
Benjamin Mensah, GNA

Accra, Feb 24, GNA –
Nana Ama Asefo-Boakye, an aspiring parliamentary candidate of the New Patriotic
Party (NPP) for Anyaa Sowutuom Constituency has filed her nomination forms to
contest the party’s primaries, calling on delegates to vote for tried and
tested candidates.

The party’s
primaries to elect parliamentary candidates for Election 2020 in areas where it
has sitting Members of Parliament (MPs) is slated for April 25, 2020.

And as the party,
aspiring candidates and delegates wait for the day, Nana Asefo-Boakye says that
election is about electing competent, hardworking and trusted people, rather
that choosing people who wield stronger cash power.

In an interview with
the Ghana News Agency (GNA) via telephone, the aspirant said the upcoming
election should not be decided by monetary prowess but integrity and proven
ability to serve the party to assure victory in the general polls.

She said
parliamentary seats of the party are not meant for sale, for people who just
emerge in the party without any record of serving the party at various levels
just to be endorsed by delegates on monetary considerations.

“Parliamentary seats
of the party are not meant for sale,” Nana Asefo Boakye emphasized.

She appealed to
delegates of the party, to eschew “selling their conscience” to vote-buying
candidates in the up-coming parliamentary primaries.

“Instead, party
delegates should vote for tried and tested candidates who have toiled and
moiled for the party through thin and thick all these years,” she urged.

She said whereas
some of them have followed the party, right from those days when it was even
seen as abominable mentioning its name, let alone joining it, others were
cooling it off somewhere.

Strangely enough,
now that the party’s status quo then has changed, people are trooping in from
nowhere to join in singing the chorus with the sole aim of buying votes with
money they obtained when away, whilst some of them; the faithful ones, back
home were struggling to weather the storm in the turbulent days.

She wondered why
people should sit on the fence in a wait-and-see attitude, only to jump onto
the bandwagon, when things got better,

“This must stop!,”
she declared.

The aspirant, with
the slogan “Nana Ama Nie, Ayaa Sowutuom Nie, I dey for you” organized a float
to hand over her forms at the constituency headquarters at Sowutuom on 15th
February, 2020,

Nana Asefo-Boakye
assured her fans and party faithful that she was all for the party, and would
team up with them for a resounding victory at the polls.

Amidst drumming,
singing and dancing, a teaming crowd followed the aspiring MP from quite a
distance from “Chop Bar Junction” to the party head office at Sowutuom to
submit her forms.

Receiving the forms,
the party’s constituency chairman, Mr Albert Ekow Sam, declared that the
candidate has fulfilled all requirements and was therefore qualified to contest
the seat.

Mr Sam said the
candidate has been a polling agent, an assembly woman for Awoshie, a polling
station executive (Delegate), as well as a staunch, long standing member of the
party.

While wishing her
all the best, the Chairman noted that, that seat has virtually been one for
women.

Nana Asefo – Boakye
holds a Bachelor of Law from Mountcrest University, Bachelor of Arts in
Communication Studies (Public Relations), from the Ghana Institute of
Journalism [GIJ] as well as Diploma in Journalism from GIJ.

She has been the
Managing Editor of “The Touch” newspaper, Head of Public Affairs for Inter-City
Coach Ltd (STC), Managing Director of Atinka Media Village, and currently Chief
Executive Officer (CEO) of PR & More Consult in Accra.

Like a chip of the
old block, she is the daughter of NPP stalwart Rosemary Ekwam, who once dragged
an NPP 1992 Presidential aspirant [Candidate Kwame Pianim] to court,
challenging his legitimacy and capacity to contest in that position, a case
which became a case study in the Ghana Law Report.

GNA