Osei Prempeh Warns Ashanti NPP

AshantiDefeated aspiring Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwame Osei Prempeh, is skeptical about the party’s future in the region.

He said the party which is at a crossroads, especially in the Ashanti Region, needed an experienced politician to put it back on track in its quest to win power in 2016, but the kingmakers (delegates) failed to see his vision.

Osei Prempeh was speaking on Accra based radio station, Oman FM, a day after he lost to his fiercest rival, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, popularly known as “Chairman Wontumi”.

The former Deputy Attorney-General and Member of Parliament for Nsuta-Kwamang-Beposo, polled 209 votes as against Bernard Boasiako’s 559 votes.

Mr. Boasiako, also called “Chairman Wontumi”, was accu-sed by Mr. Prempeh’s faction of using various monetary means, including his donation of a three-storey building to the party to be used as regional office, to induce the delegates.

Although “Chairman Won-tumi” won by a large margin, Mr. Osei Prempeh believes he was the right person for the job because “I had the road map to make the NPP formidable in its stronghold”, he stated.

According to him, even though he is not disappointed at his loss, “I am sad for NPP”.

He could not fathom why the delegates will reject what he described as a “first class leadership” to someone who only campaigned in the name of the NPP’s 2012 presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo.

The former deputy Attorney General said “his (Chairman Wontumi’s) major campaign message was ‘Wontumi nie Akufo-Addo nie” and not any cogent programmes to reform the party in the Ashanti region.

This notwithstanding, Osei Prempeh pledged his unflinching support for the NPP to ensure it wins the 2016 elections.

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