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NPP primaries: 2 aspirants at New Juaben South disqualified, Okyere Baafi to run unopposed

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The New Patriotic Party’s Eastern Regional Vetting Committee has rejected two candidates: Madam Yaa Ansah, who attempted to challenge the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry and MP for New Juaben South, and Frank Aidoo, the Municipal Chief Executive of Akuapem South.

Yaa Ansah arrived late because she was beyond of the country’s jurisdiction yesterday, when she was supposed to meet with the committee. She did, however, have a vetting hearing today. Madam Yaa Ansah was disqualified owing to alleged impersonation, according to a petition submitted by the committee from a complainant.

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Yaa Ansah’s disqualification means Michael Kofi Okyere Baafi will run uncontested for the New Juaben South Constituency seat.

On the other hand, the Municipal Chief Executive of Akuapem South, Frank Aidoo, was disqualified for failing to resign as MCE before completing his forms to contest the seat, where the incumbent MP, OB Amoah, is also seeking re-election.

Tony Osei Adjei, the Eastern Regional NPP Secretary, said that Madam Yaa Ansah was disqualified for impersonating.

“Some members said their names had been used and top-printed on Madam Yaa Ansah’s forms, which they did not authorize. The committee was petitioned, and we called the petitioner, and he agreed that he wrote the petition. We asked Yaa Ansah, who said the petitioner consented to using his name, which the petitioner insisted he didn’t. So, there was an issue of impersonation, and we had to hold on to her vetting and refer the matter to the national level for redress.

“As it stands now, she has been disqualified by the vetting committee. So, unless there is an appeal or whatever, if she pulls through successfully, the MP [Michael Kofi Okyere Baafi] will go unopposed.”

 

 

 

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