January 25, 2011

Former Information Minister in the Kufuor administration and Member of Parliament for Okaikoi South constituency in the Greater Accra Region, Nana Akomea, has dismissed reports that he would not represent his constituents in Parliament again after the expiration of his current term.

The Chronicle newspaper reported on Monday that party gurus have prevailed upon the Okai-koi South MP to step aside and pave way for a female contender to contest the primaries in the constituency.

According to the publication, based on the acrimony that characterized the primary in 2008, and the eventual withdrawal of Ms. Vicky Bright, a former Deputy Minister of State, coupled with the party’s aim to promote women into taking an active part in governance, Nana Akomea, who met with some top echelons of the party, decided in the supreme interest of the party not to contest and thus avoid the humiliation, as suffered by his former colleague for Tema West, Abraham Ossei Aidoo.

But speaking in an interview on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo Morning show, the four consecutive term legislator, categorically stated that he was going to step down and give way to any female contender. He also denied having met with any party elder who sought to convince him to step aside.

Asked whether he will contest the party’s primaries, the MP replied; “I’ll take a decision when the time is right…The time table is out, but there is still more time so let’s wait and see what happens,” he said.