Some delegates and constituency executives of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Tema West Constituency have raised the red flag over attempts to disqualify some potential parliamentary aspirants who should be vetted this week.
The agitators vowed delegates would no longer be cowed by some top notches in the NPP to endorse one particular aspirant by popular acclamation for the 2016 general elections.
A situation, they claimed, happened prior to the previous general elections when one Dr. Elvis Odonkor was disqualified, thus paving the way for the incumbent, Naa Torshie Addo to be endorsed at the primary.
The constituency organiser, Arhin Young, who spoke on behalf of the group at a press conference in Tema yesterday, said they would use all legitimate means to avoid what occurred in the 2012 primary.
“We, the delegates, are sending out a very strong signal that any attempt to disqualify any of the contestants will be fiercely resisted as this can create confusion and unrest in the constituency or delegates’ inactive participation in the electioneering process,” he said.
Mr. Arhin said the delegates were demanding competition in order to enhance the party’s fortunes in next year’s general elections.
He therefore cautioned the vetting committee not to disqualify any of the three candidates, incumbent Naa Torshie Addo, Mr. Carlos Ahenkorah and Ms. Adjoa Amoako.
The spokesperson asserted that delegates believed the three candidates were qualified and should therefore be given equal opportunity to compete at the constituency primary so that the best candidate would be elected.
“Delegates in Tema West NPP want to use their voting rights to decide who should be their parliamentary candidate and not a small group of self-centred persons deciding for them,” he stressed.
The committee was expected to vet the three candidates yesterday, but according to Mr. Arhin the group had picked snippets of information that some persons were condoning with some party officials and enticing them with an intention to disqualify some of the contestants.
From Godfred Blay Gibbah, Tema.