Osei Bonsu Amoah, Member of Parliament for Akuapem South Constituency, and his Special Aide, Eric Yeboah Apeadu, have submitted candidacy papers to fight the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) Parliamentary primary.
This action comes as a surprise, especially given O.B Amoah’s prior vow that he will not seek a fourth term.
Other noteworthy candidates in the primaries include Kwame Ofori-Gyau, Eric Samuel Annor-Mensah, and Municipal Chief Executive Frank Aidoo.
According to sources, O.B Amoah’s decision to run came when it was revealed that MCE Frank Aidoo was planning to run.
According to sources, O.B Amoah’s strategic plan entails activating laws that would compel Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives to leave two years in advance, potentially disqualifying Frank Aidoo.
The ensuing strategy appears to be for O.B Amoah to stand aside, allowing his Personal Aide to emerge victorious because the MCE is the only viable challenge in the race.
The scenario has allegedly generated friction inside the party in Akuapem South, with some petitioning the party to summon O.B Amoah so that the party is not decimated ahead of the 2024 presidential and legislative elections.
84 of the 92 ambitious candidates who chose nomination forms announcing their desire to run for parliamentary seats in the Eastern region have formally filed their nominations, paving the way for a tight battle across 22 constituencies.
According to a statement published by Regional Secretary Anthony Osei-Adjei, ten (10) outstanding female contenders among the 84 hopefuls are set to challenge male domination.
Furthermore, the primaries indicate not just a laudable emphasis on gender diversity, but also 17 candidates in the youth category, providing a mix of experienced and developing leaders.
Hon Bryan Acheapong ran unchallenged in Abetifi, and Frederick Obeng Adom ran unopposed in Upper West Akim.