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General News of Monday, 3 October 2016


I am sorry - Bantama MP to NPP

The incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for Bantama, Henry Kwabena Kokofu who filed his nomination to contest in this year's election as an independent parliamentary candidate on Friday, September 30th, has rendered an unqualified apology to the leadership of the party for his actions.

A purported statement from the NPP MP's camp issued over the weekend read: “I wish to formally communicate to all stakeholders of the NPP that, I resign as a member from the party with effect from today (1st October, 2016). I wish to thank all who supported me during my time as a candidate and also a member of parliament for the Bantama constituency. I have to embark on a personal project and I think it will be a rightful decision to resign and concentrate fully on this mission. I feel many people now question my loyalty to the NPP; upon my decision to run as an independent parliamentary candidate. I equally doubt that, I can remain loyal to the party and it is prudent I resign and then focus on my personal mission. Though I hope to win, but, I would rejoin the party in the event that I lose the upcoming election.”

The beleaguered Bantama MP however discounted the news stressing that he has never taken such a decision.

He told Kwami Sefa Kayi, host of PeaceFM's Kokrokoo in an exclusive interview Monday, that he has withdrawn his nomination to contest as an independent candidate and further apologised to the NPP.

"I apologise to my flagbearer, Nana Akufo Addo, leaders of the party, former President J. A. Kufuor and other people who were disturbed by the news that I had gone independent. I render an unreserved and unconditional apology to all of them" he stated.