Some sitting New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members of Parliament (MPs) who have been vociferous in their opposition to the government are being targeted by the establishment in the next parliamentary primary, according to opposition Member of Parliament for Odododiodoo, Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuye.
Mr Vanderpuye cited Subin legislator Eugene Boakye Antwi and Asante-Akim North legislator Andy Appiah-Kubi as examples of MPs who were loud in demanding for the dismissal of Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta.
“These individuals are being targeted by the establishment,” he said on the Key Points on TV3 while commenting on the exit of the Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu and the other lawmakers who have decided not to seek reelection.
Richard Ahiagbah, Director of Communications for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), disputed the report.
“The idea that some MPs are being targeted is not true. The space is competitive, so if you are afraid of some contest you can’t make that claim.
On December 25, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) concluded nominations for parliamentary candidates in areas where it has incumbent Members of Parliament (MPs).
The election is set to take place on January 27, 2024.
This is the next step in the party’s ambition to have representatives in each of the 275 constituencies. It was preceded by the successful holding of primaries on December 2 in what the party refers to as orphan constituencies.
Some experienced members of the party did not choose forms at the end of nominations on Christmas Day. As a result, they have voluntarily opted to abandon their legislative careers.