A group has threatened to hold assembly members of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), hostage if they fail to elect a Presiding Member tomorrow.
Members of the group, who pleaded anonymity, told The Ghanaian Times that “they should remain wherever they will decide to hold the election. If they fail to elect the presiding member we will not let them come out without any positive results”.
Members of the assembly exchanged blows on Wednesday, over the election of Presiding Member with chairs flying as opposing factions clashed.
It was the fifth time the KMA was searching for a presiding member.
Before the voting, Baffour Agyei Kese IV, chief of Adum in Kumasi, who had contested for the fourth time with Nana Kofi Senya, withdrew from the race.
In the subsequent voting, either to confirm or reject Nana Senya’s sole candidature, it ended in his rejection, thus led to him stepping down.
Nana Senya polled 62 votes as against 65 votes that said “No” to him.
The development gave rise to the opening of fresh nominations for interested candidates to contest for the Presiding Member position.
They were Abraham Boadi, assembly member for Nhyiaeso, Micheal Adusei, assembly member for Dadiesoaba, and Opoku Obeng, Bremang assembly member.
In the fresh voting, Abraham Boadi topped with 65 votes, followed by Adusei, 49. By law the winner should have received two-thirds of the votes cast but none got that.
Tomorrow promises to be the final moment to clinch the nod on the search for the presiding member as the public relations officer of the KMA, Okumah Nyame, puts it “we definitely are going to have a presiding member tomorrow to ensure the smooth running of the assembly”.
From Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi