Tensions are high in the Akuapem South constituency of the Eastern Region as Member of Parliament Osei Bonsu Amoah withdraws from the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) parliamentary primaries, sparking outrage over allegations of orchestrating the disqualification of Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) Frank Aidoo.
In a letter dated January 19, 2024, written to the Eastern Regional Secretariat, OB Amoah formally resigned from the parliamentary race, demanding that his name be removed from the ballot papers for the forthcoming primaries on January 27, 2024.
“I write to inform you that I have decided to withdraw as a candidate for the election of a parliamentary candidate for the General Election in 2024 in Akuapem South constituency. I respectfully request that in accordance with the Public Elections Regulations 2016. C.I.94 , my name should be deleted on the ballot paper for the election. I am most grateful and count on your corporation”. The letter by OB Amoah stated.
A month previously, Starr News stated that OB Amoah’s choice to choose a nomination form appeared to be intended to disqualify MCE Frank Aidoo, allowing his former special aide Eric Yeboah Apeadu to win.
Despite denying suggestions made during vetting in Koforidua that he would resign if the MCE was disqualified, OB Amoah’s sudden withdrawal has raised worries and charges of political manipulation.
The Akuapem South parliamentary primary will now include candidates Kwame Ofori-Gyau, Eric Samuel Annor-Mensah, and Eric Yeboah Apeadu.
However, unrest among the party ranks in the constituency is obvious, with members expressing disgust with OB Amoah’s suspected participation in the MCE’s disqualification prior to his resignation.
Party members are pushing the Regional and National Executives to reinstall the MCE in the campaign to ensure a fair opportunity, highlighting the need of party unity as the primaries approach.