NPP to postpone June 13 parliamentary primaries ?

Mr. Afoko

Mr. Afoko

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) will decide this week, whether or not to go ahead with its parliamentary primaries scheduled for June 13.

The deputy general secretary of the party, Nana Obiri Boahene, who disclosed this at the weekend, said about 30 out of 275 constituencies had applied for a postponement, as they tried to recover from the current crisis facing the party.

The party’s flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, announced on Friday that active political programmes remained suspended until after June 7, when the final Muslim funeral rites would take place for the slain Upper East regional chairman, Adams Mahama.

Alhaji Mahama was “doused” with acid by two assailants last Wednesday night,May 20, while returning home from work.

He died the next day at the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital and was buried last Saturday, May 23, in accordance with Muslim tradition.

Since then, the party has descended into turmoil, with a section of its rank and file in the camp of Nana Akufo-Addo demanding the resignation of the National Chairman, Paul Afoko and General secretary, Kwabena Agyepong.

The endless confusion has prompted fears that the schedule for political activities might change.

Already, some parliamentary aspirants have been complaining they have spent resources on their campaign and want the election to come off.

However, Nana Obiri Boahene explained that some constituencies in the Western, Eastern and Brong-Ahafo regions have petitioned the National Executive Committee for a postponement.

“In principle”, the petitions have been accepted, Obiri Boahene said, but noted that a National Steering Committee would have to meet over the issue.

He argued that despite the crisis surrounding the political future of Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyepong who have been pressurised to step aside, it was possible that the primaries would still go on as scheduled.

This is because it is the Electoral Commission who would be responsible for supervising the elections not the National Chairman or General Secretary.

“Let’s wait after June, 7”, after that the party will take a decision.

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