From Sebastian R. Freiku, Kumasi
Aggrieved members of opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Suame Constituency of the Ashanti Region have demonstrated against the regional executives of the party over the disqualification of Emmanuel Boahen as a parliamentary candidate.
They say Boahen has been a loyal party member and that his disqualification is not acceptable.
A group, made up of delegates, branch and constituency executives, has questioned the Kingsford Osumanu Bagbin-led vetting committee for the disqualification of Boahen, even when the Constituency Chairman had testified that Boahen had been an active member of the party since 2015.
They staged a massive demonstration last Saturday, and urged the national executives to call the regional executives to order by ensuring fairness in dealing in their operations to avoid growing tension in the constituency.
The group has consequently presented a petition to the Constituency Chairman, Seeba Mohammed Zeeba, over the matter and threatened to vote ‘skirt and blouse’ if Francis Dodovi is imposed on the constituency.
Mr. Isaac Peprah, Branch Chairman of Osei Kwadwo Electoral Area in Breman, said: “Emmanuel Boahen is active member of the party in Breman.”
According to him, he registered Boahen and issued him with a party card as a card-bearing member of the branch, and who has since paid his dues as required by our party, and, therefore, sees it as a wrong move for the regional executives to say Boahen is not known as a party member, hence the disqualification from contesting the parliamentary primary.
He accused the regional party executive of being in league with Francis Dodovi, an aspirant, hence the rough tactics to eliminate the young man from the contest.
“Some of the regional executives are not working in the interest of [the] flagbearer John Dramani Mahama, thus creating division in the constituency.
“If Francis Dodovi is strong on the ground, the contest should be open for delegates to decide, and not to be imposed on them by the regional executives,” the Branch Chairman said during the demonstration at the Constituency Secretariat last Saturday.
The demonstrators called on the national executives to intervene and do the needful for peace to reign in the Suame Constituency, and gave the assurance that they would rally behind any person who will be elected as the candidate for the constituency once it is held and conducted on a level playing ground with fairness.
Constituency Chairman Seeba Mohammed, who received the petition on behalf of the party, promised to submit the petition to the regional executive for the necessary action.
Chairman Seeba Mohammed, however, urged supporters of Emmanuel Boahen to calm down and allow the party’s structures to work to find solution to their grievances.