June 30, 2011

The Member of Parliament for Assin North, Kennedy Agyepong has said the decision by the National Executive Council of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to annul the Okaikoi South primary results would have dire consequences for the party come 2012 elections.

He said the imprudent action by the party leadership will cause the NPP defeat in that constituency if the current decision by the executives hold.

The party hierarchy yesterday issued a statment cancelling the Parliamentary Primary held in the Okaikoi South constituency which was keenly contested between Vicky Bright and Ahmed Ibrahim due to the flawed nature of the vetting process.

According to the party the decision follows lengthy deliberations by the NEC on the work and findings of the Ambrose Derry chaired Committee set up to go into the protests arising out of the Okaikoi South Parliamentary Primary held on the 30th April, 2011.

However speaking on Oman FM’s morning show, the Member of Parliament for Assin North, Kennedy Agyepong who condemned the party decision urged the leadership to learn from similar grievous mistakes made in the past which cost the party huge electoral loses.

He warned that if the widely accepted winner of the election is not allowed to contest on the ticket of the party the NPP would certainly lose the seat.

“The gentleman has the full backing of the constituents and I wonder why the National Executives Council have given a deaf ear to all the concerns coming from the constituents and want Madam Vicky Bright to be elected as the parliamentary candidate at all cost, we would be doomed in Okaikoi South Constituency if she is elected’’ he said.

Hon. Kennedy Agyepong added that the 2012 elections would be keenly fought and it is important that the party leadership avoid such actions which would affect the chances of the NPP.

Story by : Kwadwo Anim/ghanamps.gov.gh