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Politics of Thursday, 20 February 2020


Majority Leader to go unopposed as challenger withdraws

Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu

Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Osei Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu is set to contest the Suame Constituency New Patriotic Party (NPP) primary unopposed after his challenger suspended his campaign.

Lawyer John Darko had declared his intention to contest the April 25 primary, cranking up some tension in Suame.

His supporters had accused the leadership of the NPP of scheming to get the incumbent go unopposed as picking of forms became very difficult for him.

He had petitioned the Chairman of the party’s Council of Elders, Hackman Owusu-Agyemang, as well as the national executives including General Secretary John Boadu.

Mr Darko also met the Ashanti Region Chairman of the party, Bernard Antwi-Boasiako and Manhyia South Member of Parliament Matthew Opoku-Prempeh over the way forward.

“After the discussions with the above-named leaders and much deliberations with my supporters and the constituents, I have decided to suspend my parliamentary primaries campaign for now, to allow the sitting MP, Hon. Kyei Mensah-Bonsu to represent the Suame Constituency for the December 2020 elections,” Mr Darko said in a release on Thursday.

“As a result, I will entreat all my supporters and the people of Suame Constituency to remain calm and avoid any act(s) which will disturb the peace we enjoy.”

He charged his supporters to channel all their energies into making sure that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo gets a “massive” and “comprehensive” win in December.