Some delegates of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Nsawam Adoagyiri Constituency of the Eastern Region identifying themselves as Stubborn 66 is mounting pressure on the incumbent Member of Parliament for the area, Frank Annoh Dompreh to forgo his quest to run uncontested in the party’s upcoming parliamentary primaries.
The delegates believe the move when allowed would fester the party’s moribund state even further while slimming its chances of securing victory in the next general elections.
With red headbands to signify their displeasure, the group called on the New Patriotic Party’s top leadership to intervene and thwart any attempt by their Member of Parliament, Frank Annoh Dompreh to go unopposed in the upcoming parliamentary primaries.
While accusing him of causing disunity within the party by intimidating them for throwing their support to Kennedy Agyapong in the recent presidential primary of the party and even denying them of their share of a token offered by Vice President Mahmoud Bawumia, the group is convinced also that the party which is already in a moribund state will be placed on a path of further destruction should leadership allow the MP to go uncontested.
In the just ended presidential primaries, these individuals say they were identified as the only supporters of Kennedy Agyapong and subjected to various forms of victimization. However in an interesting twist, their candidate ended up emerging as winner in the area while Dr Bawumia had a little over 60 votes.
They say the proposal is in sharp contrast to the party’s guidelines and constitutional provisions.
The disgruntled delegates are appealing to leadership of the party to intervene and have the issue addressed appropriately as a matter of urgency as they believe the party’s victory is not assured with the incumbent as leader.
According to them, the party’s electoral fortunes keep dwindling within the constituency.
Citing the current numbers of NPP sponsored Assembly Members as against those on the other side which has made it difficult for the Nsawam Adoagyiri District Assembly to elect a presiding member, the group mentions also the consistent reduction of the NPP’s votes in the constituency to the advantage of the NDC.
Giving some statistics leader of the group, Abraham Abrokwah mentioned that while the NPP was able to raise it votes by a margin of 7,269 in the 2020 elections by garnering 34,428 as compared to its 27159 votes in 2016 that of the NDC appreciated by a whopping 12,298 votes for the same period as it obtained 31,186 in the previous elections as against 18,888 in the 2016 elections indicating clearly a more brighter chance to snatch the seat in the future.
Some equally disgruntled polling station executives of the party also told Metro News that they will not rescind their decision to vehemently contest the desire of the MP and a few constituency executives and want party leadership to guard against any move that would place the party in jeopardy.
By: Akwasi Addo | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana