NPP to stop Agyei-Baah from contesting primary

Mr. Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, NPP National Chairman

Mr. Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, NPP National Chairman

The Nkawkaw Constituency executive members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have said they would not allow Mr. Seth Agyei-Baah, the independent Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency, to contest the parliamentary primary on the ticket of the party in the area.

They said they would also not allow the National Executive Committee members of the party to postpone holding of the parliamentary primary in the constituency to the last quarter of 2012, to avoid the situation where Mr. Agyei-Baah would have to vacate his seat to enable him to contest the parliamentary primary on the NPP ticket.

These were contained in a protest letter to the National Chairman of the party, Mr. Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, which was signed by the constituency chairman and secretary respectively, Mr. Osei Ameyaw and Mr. Amoako Mensah respesctively, and 32 other executive members and polling station coordinators.

Copies of the protest letters were sent to Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo, presidential candidate of the party, the General Secretary, the Eastern Regional Chairman and Secretary of the party, and Mr. Seth Agyei-Baah, also known as “Shaaba”.

The protest letter said the constituency had never dreamt of accepting the MP into the party, let alone allow him to contest the parliamentary election.

The letter said as far as the constitution of the party was concerned, neither the national headquarters nor the regional structures could accept Mr. Agyei-Baah as a member of the party.

“Accepting the MP in the party contravenes article 97/18 of the 1992 constitution, where the Electoral Commission would have to declare the constituency parliamentary seat vacant for a by-election to be held.”

The letter also denied the MP’s contribution to the party in the constituency, and challenged him to come out with any meaningful contribution he had made to the party.

When Mr. Agyei-Baah was contacted, he said though he had received a copy of the protest letter, it was not addressed to him, but rather to the National Chairman of the party, and would come out at the appropriate time to respond to the accusations. – GNA

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