Ashanti NPP MPs won’t go unopposed – John Boadu

The General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu has allayed fears that a lot of the incumbent Members of Parliament (MPs) in the Ashanti Region will be allowed to go unopposed during the party’s upcoming primaries slated for next month.

This followed media reports attributed to the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the party, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, suggesting that the party would protect incumbent MPs in the region.

However, in his interaction with the Ashanti Regional Council comprising all regional executives, constituency chairmen and secretaries as well as MPs and MMDCEs in the region on Friday, Mr Boadu set the records straight, stating that nothing of the sort would happen.

Accordingly, he gave out nomination forms to all the constituency chairmen and instructed them not to deny access to any member of the party who wishes to contest in the primaries.

Mr  Boadu was in the Ashanti Region to organise orientation for the various constituency elections committee members and the Ashanti Regional party in furtherance of the rules and regulations for the conduct of the primaries.

Mr Boadu would chair the National Parliamentary Vetting Committee for the Ashanti Region with Gary Nimako and Abdul Aziz Futah as the other representatives from the National Executive Committee on the vetting committee.

The meeting was to afford the NEC representatives an opportunity to explain in detail the rules and regulations for the conduct of the primaries.

The General Secretary cautioned that nobody should be prevented from contesting and that any aspiring candidate who suffers obstruction in getting access to the nomination forms or in the filing process should apply to the regional party for a nomination form and if that fails, he or she should appeal to the national secretariat.

The meeting again offered the national executives the opportunity to consult with regional and constituency executives on ways to ensure that seats that were won marginally are protected so that the party can retain those seats in 2020.

The meeting also discussed strategies to win seats that are currently being held by the opposition party.

In attendance were the National Chairman of the party, Freddy Blay; the Second National Vice Chairman, F.F. Antoh; the National Nasara Coordinator, Abdul Aziz Futah; Deputy National Communications Director, Yaw Preko, all regional executives and other party kingpins.

This, among other things, was to send a clear signal that the national executive is extremely concerned about the conduct of the primaries in its biggest stronghold because any mishap in the process would spell doom for the party.

The General Secretary, in his address, reaffirmed their commitment to a free and fair process, particularly in the Ashanti Region.

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