By Gifty Arthur
Two leading members
of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Ashanti Region, have clashed
over the Bantama Constituency seat, which was won last Saturday by a Deputy Chief
of Staff, Francis Asenso Boakye, after a fierce contest.
two, incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) Daniel Okyem Aboagye and former MP,
Henry Kokofu, have become somewhat enemies after the former defeated the latter
in a similar contest in 2015 snatching the seat from him.
Kokofu, a lawyer is reported to have openly lend massive support to the now
parliamentary candidate, to oust the man who defeated him.
In this regard, it appeared the ex-MP,
couldn’t wait for the day of the election to see the man who defeated him go
down as well.
MP, who had earlier complained about the register during his tour of the
polling stations in the Constituency, was heard complaining bitterly about the
machinations that were going on, threatening he will challenge the outcome of
it means that BNI is full of NPP people, this is the second time we seeing it
we are monitoring we know the number even people have ……I will challenge it”,
the MP said in a video captured by some television stations.
while throwing tantrums in the full glare of some party supporters and
delegates on live television, Mr Okyem Aboagye, was challenged by Mr Kokofu,
who was in the thick of things watching closely how the election was going to go.
ex-MP, standing at a distance shouted at the incumbent, saying he could not do
anything and that if he misbehaves, he will be dealt with. He went on to tell
the MP who was walking away to “go to hell”.
to hell, go to hell, go and challenge. You have gone to bring these people to
come and misbehave here the way we will discipline you, you will be sad”, he
threatened the incumbent. The MP who
doubles as government spokesperson on finance in parliament in a white outfit
walked away without engaging his former competitor.
is, however, yet to make public his decision to contest the result last
Ghana’s laws, security agencies are barred from engaging in partisan politics,
but the defeated MP, Daniel Okyem Aboagye alias Am I chop chop, said the
governing party was flouting the laws with impunity fielding some party members
in especially the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).
one term lawmaker, who said this in the heat of the contest, which saw him,
booted out by Mr Asenso Boakye, mentioned in one of the videos, one Eric voted
in the Constituency, but strangely he serves as an official of the BNI.
is the first time security officers are being accused of participating in an
election of a political party, instead of just protecting the ballot box or
ensuring peace and order.
claim brings back memories of what was revealed at the Emile Short Commission
which investigated the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election brutalization of
Ghanaians by operatives of the National Security, where one Bright Ernest
Akomeah alias Double, who until the assumption of the NPP government, was a
mere mobile phone dealer at Circle in Accra.
a related development, defeated MP for Akwatia in the Eastern Region, Ama Sey, has
alleged that, some three members of the party who qualified as delegates, but
are deceased voted in the primaries.
Sey, a hair dresser, who made history in the 2016 general elections by
defeating lawyer and National Democratic Congress (NDC) incumbent MP, Baba
Jamal, said she was shocked people who were dead could vote.
her supporters have expressed disappointment about her ousting and have vowed
to l massively campaign and vote for the NDC’s candidate, Mr
Henry Boakye-Yiadom, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Okoyo Foundation
to teach the new PC, Ernest Kumi and the party a lesson.
The disappointed constituents who thronged the
streets of Akwatia to register their dissatisfaction after the declaration of
result, said the MP, was someone who has supported the Constituency by bringing
development to the area and also paying fees and enrolling some of the youth in
apprenticeship and so on.