Mark Asibey Yeboah Not Important In Parliament

Member of Parliament for the New Juaben South constituency Member of Parliament for the New Juaben South constituency

….Winner Of Parliamentary PrimaryThrow Shades

By Patrick Biddah

 The 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.

His 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 Finance Committee.

In his estimation, Dr. Mark Asibey Yeboah's role is not an important position which requires him to be protected by the party to go unopposed.

His 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.

The 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.

“All 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.

“Nobody 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.

Mr Berfi, 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.

“In Tema 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.

“J.H 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.

“The 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.

Mr Berfi, 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.

“What is more is the President contested elections what makes it difficult for Mark Asibey to be contested “, he quizzed.

Last 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 .

He, together with 39 others, were ousted by first time contenders, as well as those who gave it a second shot.

The 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.

Speaking 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.

The 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.



Source: theheraldghana