Trouble is brewing at Subin Constituency in the
Ashanti region with some delegates and supporters of the governing New
Patriotic Party (NPP) vowing to campaign against incumbent MP, Eugene Boakye
Antwi, who was re-elected as Parliamentary candidate for the area in the
December 7 parliamentary elections under some controversial circumstances.
Addressing a news conference at Adum in Kumasi,
the party delegates questioned why Frank Kwadwo Fuodu’s name was expunged from
the three aspirants cleared by the regional vetting committee.
The group again described the re-election of the
Deputy Minister of Works and Housing as Parliamentary Candidate for the Constituency
as illegal, sighting a high court injunction on the primaries which was ignored
by the party.
Speaking to the media, the group threatened to lead
a massive campaign in the Constituency against the supposed elected PC, if
their concerns are noted addressed.
Eugene Boakye Antwi, won the NPP primary for the second
time in an election the Electoral Commission (EC) failed to supervise.
The Commission’s absence was due to an
injunction secured by some delegates of the Constituency and served on the EC.
With support from the Regional Executives, party
executives in the area had to oversee the elections in the absence of the
contender, Joseph Boakye Danquah.
The party chairman in the Constituency led party
supporters mainly delegates to lift the hands of the incumbent MP in victory.
This was after he polled 485 votes against 166.
Last Friday, a court injunction was granted 50
delegates, restraining the party from conducting the elections.
According to party sources, the EC and other
interested persons, were rightly served, hence the refusal of the EC to show up
for the elections.
Meanwhile, the Ashanti Regional Secretary of
the NPP, Samuel Pyne, says preparations are underway to reunite party members
in the region after the just ended primaries.
He claims the internal election left behind some
‘hatred’ among party members and regional executives, hence, there is a need to
build a united front in the region ahead of the December polls.
Speaking to NEAT FM’s morning show ‘Ghana
Montie’, Sam Pyne, as widely known in the political circles noted that a
committee has been formed in the region to address issues that emanated from
“We have formed the Arbitration and
Reconciliation Committee in the regions to see to it that all issues are
solved. It’s really important for us. We need to go into the December polls as
a united party with one purpose,” He told host Mac Jerry Osei-Agyemang.
The governing NPP on Saturday, June 20, 2020,
held its parliamentary primaries in about 168 constituencies where they have
The first phase of the primaries came off in
September 2019 in “orphan constituencies” – constituencies with no sitting Members