Of Parliamentary PrimaryThrow Shades
ousting of the Member of Parliament for the New Juaben South constituency, Dr.
Mark AsibeyYeboah, in last Saturday's parliamentary primaries of the New
Patriotic Party, have been the verdict
of his irrelevance as the Chairman of the Finance Committee in Parliament.
closest contender, who defeated him to
become the newly elected Parliamentary candidate for the New Juaben South
Constituency ,Mr Michael Berfi, who is also the Executive Secretary of the
Freezones Authority, has downplayed his role as the Chairman of Parliament’s
estimation, Dr. Mark Asibey Yeboah's role is not an important position which
requires him to be protected by the party to go unopposed.
comment was in reaction to claims by some observers who believe the Finance
Committee chairman, should have been protected by the party in view of his
position in Parliament.
Executive Secretary, who was speaking in an interview disagreed with that
assertion vehemently when he said those whose roles in Parliament are deemed important by the party were protected and therefore not contested.
those who we have seen to have gone
unopposed are those that are deemed to be playing important roles in Parliament
.It is the reason you see that they were
not contested “, he noted.
is indispensable. We can even have someone who will emerge as a chairman of the
Finance Committee, who will be the best than my contender “, he added.
who expressed his opposition to the idea of making some incumbent MPs going unopposed,
further explain how that policy
direction does not promote and deepen democracy.
West, there was someone like Abraham Aidoo, who was then the Majority Leader
and was contested by a young lady, Naa Toshie
Addo and defeated him. The defeat of Abraham Aidoo, after his exit gave the way
for the emergence of another young man,
Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu to show leadership to the NPP in Parliament. So
it is like that”, he spelt out.
Mensah was one of the best economists in Busia's government. He is no more now,
but government is running so nobody is indispensable “, he stressed.
idea of going unopposed defeats the principle of democracy. The President himself
contested elections .He has subjected himself to election. When everybody knew
there was no way he could loose they still contested him, but nobody told them
to stop when they realise it was not possible to beat him”, he alluded to.
who did not take lightly to those who have gone unopposed, stressed it is
something he does not believe in at all and hope the contest will be opened for
all in the future primaries of the party.
more is the President contested elections what makes it difficult for Mark
Asibey to be contested “, he quizzed.
Saturday's parliamentary primaries, saw the ousting of some 40 sitting MPs, including Mark AsibeyYeboah, who is seen
as one of the big boys in Parliament .
together with 39 others, were ousted by first time contenders, as well as those
who gave it a second shot.
contest was a two-man race between the Freezones Authority’s boss and the
Finance Committee chairman, who has been expressing his thoughts on the need to
open the challenge for every qualified aspirants.
on tactics, he said the whole idea of politics is to build friendship and
helping to solve the problems of people which Mr Asibey Yeboah failed to do.
toughtalking Free Zones boss, believes his relationship coupled with his continued
support, helped in winning 15 out of the 17 executives of the party in the Constituency
to his side from an initial one executive which culminated in the 372 votes he
garnered as against 200 for Dr. Asibey Yeboah.