5 go unopposed in NPP primaries in C/Region

Paul-Afoko-NPPMr Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, Member of Parliament for Assin Central, and four other aspirants are contesting the parliamentary primaries of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Central Region, unopposed.

The others are Mr. Alex Afenyo Markin, Effutu, Mr Ato Cudjoe, Ekumfi; Mr James Owusu Barnes, Agona East; and Dr Nana Ato Arthur, Komenda,Edina,Eguafo Abirim.

Mr Thomas Adjei Baffoe, Central Regional Organiser of the NPP, disclosed this to journalists after the vetting of 31 aspiring candidates at Agona Swedru.

Representatives of nine constituencies converged to undertake the vetting. The constituencies are:   Agona West, Agona East, Gomoa East and West and Gomoa Central, Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa, Effutu, Awutu Senya West and Awutu Senya East.

Mr. Baffoe said, at the close of nominations, that the five candidates were the only people who had filed their nominations at their various constituencies to contest the primaries.

Mr Agyapong, who is considered industrious, hardworking and development oriented would be contesting for the fifth time.

According to the Central Regional organiser of party, Mr Agyapong decided to contest the 2016 parliamentary elections, because of pressure from chiefs, party supporters, religious bodies, opinion leaders and civil organisations.

Nana Dr Arthur, sitting MP for Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem, and a former Central Regional Minister, is also seeking for re-election for the third time.

Mr Cudjoe, for Ekumfi, contested the seat in 2012 but lost to the NDC, and is contesting for the second time.

Mr Barnes is making his first appearance, while Mr Alex Afenyo Markin, sitting MP for Effutu, would be contesting for the second time.

Mr Baffoe said, vetting of NPP aspirants in the region was divided into three zones, namely Agona Swedru, Assin Fosu and Cape Coast, and a total of 77 aspirants were vetted to contest the 23 parliamentary seats.

Baffoe said out of the 77 aspirants, only eight are women, and expressed the hope that all the vetted aspirants would go through, adding that, the party needed peace and stability in all the 275 constituencies nationwide.

- GNA

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