Patricia Appiagyei, New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Asokwa constituency in Ashanti Region, has said she would retain the seat despite the suspension of the party’s affirmative action policy.
According to the MP, though the policy by the party’s National Executive Committee sought to promote women’s participation in politics, it lacked proper timing and could not survive the test of time.
Madam Appiagye was speaking to journalists after she picked her nomination forms to contest the NPP parliamentary primaries for Asokwa at the Ahinsan constituency on Sunday.
The MP said she was not budged by the withdrawal of the policy and was ready to contest any male aspirant in the primaries.
‘’Personally the policy was not something I thought was going to promote my input. I think what everybody will attest to is the fact that, initially I had a contest and I won and I believe that I have worked effectively, despite constraints, so the affirmative policy was not something to my advantage,’’ Madam Appiagye said.
The MP said she was convinced that the Asokwa electorate would give her another chance to represent them in Parliament.
Madam Appiagyei is expected to face a stiffer contest from former MP for Asokwa, Maxwell Kofi Jumah, who is yet to pick nomination forms.
The National Executive Committee of the NPP reviewed its affirmative action policy, after both members and non-members of the party kicked against the directive to disallow male aspirants from contesting sitting female NPP MPs of 16 constituencies.
From Kingsley E.Hope, Kumasi