Independent candidates to contest Bekwai, Fomena seats; against all odds
Lawyer Kwasi Amofa-Agyemang and Lawyer Andrews Amoako Asiamah have braved the odds and filed their nomination forms to contest the Bekwai and Fomena parliamentary seats as independent candidates in the December polls.
They submitted their nomination forms to the Electoral Commission (EC) at Fomena and Bekwai respectively on October 5 and 9, 2020, thus promising a showdown at the 2020 elections, slated for December 7.
These come in the face of moves by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) hierarchy, including the Council of Elders, to convince candidates who lost in the primaries to rescind their decision to contest the December polls as independent candidates.
There had also been threats to dismiss candidates who will run as independent candidates.
The President, Nana Akufo-Addo, is also on record to have stated that he was not ready to work with independent candidates in his government.
Lawyer Amofa Agyemang will pitch his strength against that of the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, who doubles as the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for Bekwai Constituency.
The private legal practitioner, who was disqualified from contesting the June primaries of the ruling NPP thus paving the way for the incumbent MP, Joseph Osei-Owusu, to go unopposed, is aspiring for the seat as an independent candidate in order to address the issue of apathy, and convince voters, who have vowed not to partake in the elections, to rescind their decision in the interest of the party.
According to him, some constituents had vowed not to vote in the elections if the status quo is maintained, hence, his decision to go solo.
The incumbent MP, then former Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) boss breached provisions of the NPP Constitution by going independent after losing the primary to the then MP and Deputy Minister of Fisheries, Kofi Opoku Adusei, in May 2008, by 69 to 70 votes.
Lawyer Kwasi Amofa-Agyemang is currently working hard to ensure that the constituency records one of the highest votes for President Akufo-Addo in the upcoming December polls.
He is seeking to poll over 50,000 votes from the 173 polling stations to annex the Bekwai seat in a landslide victory, since the Zongo communities in the area, which are perceived to be predominantly sympathisers of the opposition NDC, are gradually identifying with his vision and have promised to vote for him.
Followed by a large crowd of supporters, Lawyer Agyemang, also known as “Amansie Broni,” last Friday submitted his nomination forms to the Electoral Commission amid fanfare, bringing an end to wild speculations that he had opted out of the parliamentary race.
The Lawyer is aspiring to become the next Member of Parliament for Bekwai, having toured and canvassed for votes across the constituency. He is encouraged by the constituents’ desire to change the incumbent MP.
Lawyer Andrews Amoako Asiamah, Member of Parliament for Fomena Constituency, who entered the legislature on the ticket of the governing NPP in 2016, is going for his second term as an independent candidate.
Last March, Lawyer Andrew Amoako Asiamah announced his withdrawal from the NPP parliamentary primaries, accusing both the Ashanti Regional Chairman, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, popularly known as Chairman Wontumi, and the Fomena Constituency Chairman, Kwasi Nti Asamoah, of teaming up to subject him to “unfair treatment.”
According to him, all attempts by his office to seek redress from the party proved futile.
The party hierarchy at the national level had not reacted to his complaints, even as he was attacked and his vehicle damaged, hence, his decision to withdraw from the primaries and go solo.
Lawyer Andrews Asiamah’s withdrawal makes him the third legislator in a row who has represented the Fomena Constituency for only one term in Parliament since 2008.
Since 2008, the Fomena Constituency, a stronghold of the ruling NPP, has changed its Member of Parliament.
Mr. Samuel Afoakwa, Operations Manager of the campaign team of the aspirant, has, since Tuesday October 5, 2020, duly submitted the nomination forms to the Electoral Commission at Fomena.