Former director of political affairs at the office of the vice president, Manaf Ibrahim has warned the youth in NPP to resist any attempts by party hierarchy to gag them while party allow sitting MPs, especially in the Ashanti region to go unoposed in the upcoming Parliamentary primaries.
Manaf himself was a victim after he was barred from contesting the current MCE of the Asawase Constituency owing to a decision of the Ashanti Regional executive committee of NPP to make the MCE the de facto candidate for the party in the 2020 Parliamentary elections.
In a Facebook post, Mr. Ibrahim told the youth, the party was planning on allowing only Sitting MPs in the Ashanti region to contest, a move he said would prove calamitous should the party go ahead to implement. He went ahead to cite previous instances in the region where the party lost out for similar moves.
Manaf Ibrahim wrote:
“Dear NPP youth, I am drawing your attention to a calamity that is about to befall the ruling party especially in its traditional stronghold of Ashanti Region. If what has been cooked is allowed to be served, know that the party will catch diarrhoea. If the move to protect sitting MPs by gagging people from contesting them is carried out, I SWEAR the party will go back into opposition with a shocking minority in Parliament. Speak up ooo, else…..
In 2008, Hon Kofi Poku Adusei then MP for Bekwai won the Primaries against current MP Hon Joe Osei Wusu, yet when JOE WISE felt dissatisfied with the outcome, he went independent.
Same year, in Bosome Freho, then incumbent MP Nana Yaw Ofori Kuragu lost the Primaries and dissatisfied with the outcome, went independent. Both won against NPP candidates that year. I am citing these examples to make the case that even when there was a contest, the constituents still voted against the party’s candidate. How much more when people are gagged??? Careful oooo!!!!!” He wrote.
The NPP party has yet to make official whether sitting MPs would be allowed to go unoposed or not in the primaries slated for April 25, 2020.