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Politics of Thursday, 27 February 2020

Source: The Herald

Kennedy Agyapong’s days as MP numbered after 20-years in parliament


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Some supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) yesterday, held a massive demonstration against the Assin Central Member of Parliament (MP), insisting he must relinquish the seat to a new person after 20 years in office.

Marching in the streets of Assin Fosu in the Central region, the protesters were emphatic, Kennedy Agyapong has not brought any development to the area, therefore, any machinations by some party executives on the vetting committee to disqualify persons challenging him, will not be countenanced.

They carried placards with inscriptions such as “20 years is enough”, “Fix Our Bypass Assinman is Bigger than Ken”, “Yabre wo Ken”, “We want jobs”, “Assin Central is not for one person”, “Assin deserve better”, “Allow vetting committee to do their work”, “Enough of your insult in Asssinman” among others.

The demonstration was organized by the Concerned Assin Central NPP Polling Station Executives, the NPP Youth of Assin Central, NPP Assin Central Community and Sympathizers of NPP in Assin Central.

A copy of a petition issued by them, called for fairness in the processes leading to the election of a Parliamentary candidate for the NPP in the 2020 election and kicked against an attempt by Ken Agyapong, to influence the process by having one Eric Baidoo, disqualified from the contest, ahead of the April contest.

The protesters in their petition, want the NPP to “hold an open and transparent vetting for the general public to be present. We are currently not aware of any by-laws that dictate any private and closed-door vetting”.

They questioned “…what authority does Hon. Kennedy Agyapong stands on, for which he can influence the disqualification of another aspirant, Mr Eric Baidoo, when he is not part of the vetting committee, but he himself is a candidate”.

The petition warned, “that the leadership should not use the vetting process as a tool to interfere and get in the way of any primary elections in the Constituency and allow the Constituency to choose its leaders”.

They demanded, “Assin Central should be allowed to hold primary elections come April 25, failure of which will mean the unopposed candidate will not be the choice of the people and therefore we will advise ourselves accordingly come general elections at the end of the year”.

The NPP supporters warned, “if the party is bent on retaining the seat, then the will of the people should prevail, not the will of a few people in leadership, who have nothing to do with Assin Central”.

The explained that “We do not oppose Hon. Kennedy Agyapong contesting the parliamentary seat, however, we strongly oppose and condemn any actions by anyone interfering with the outcome of our transparent, free and fair elections and any imposing Hon. Kennedy on us will find us loosing the seat at general elections. This is not an empty threat”.

They hoped their “grievance will be addressed with immediate effect, in order to restore the unity and purpose of the party to ensure triumph at the general elections”.

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