Osei Bonsu Amoah, the Member of Parliament for Akuapem South Constituency, has formally withdrawn from the next parliamentary primaries on Saturday, January 27.
O.B Amoah, as he is generally called, first expressed reluctance to seek a fourth term, but then changed his mind and secured nomination forms to run for re-election.
Kwame Ofori-Gyau, Eric Samuel Annor-Mensah, and Frank Aidoo, the Municipal Chief Executive for Akuapem South, are among the leading candidates in the primaries.
However, reports claim that O.B. Amoah’s decision to re-enter the race was motivated by the likelihood of MCE Frank Aidoo entering the race.
According to party rules, an MCE cannot run for the same seat as an incumbent MP.
Insiders allege that O.B. Amoah purposely joined the contest to trigger laws mandating Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives to depart two years in advance.
This maneuver might potentially disqualify Frank Aidoo, forcing O.B. Amoah to quit and enable his assistant to compete.
In a letter written to the proper authorities and obtained by Ghanaweb, O.B. Amoah announced his decision to resign from the parliamentary contest for the 2024 general election.
The letter read, “I write to inform you that I have decided to withdraw as a candidate for the election of a Parliamentary Candidate for the General Elections in 2024 in the 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 cooperation.”