Team Akufo-Addo picks up forms for NPP presidential primaries Featured

By Kwasi Frimpong January 28, 2020 751 0

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s campaign team yesterday picked up nomination forms to compete for the 2020 presidential nomination of the governing New Patriotic Party.

The forms were collected on his behalf by Victor Newman, director of research at the Office of the President.

Handing over the forms to Mr Newman, the NPP’s general secretary, John Boadu, said President Akufo-Addo is the only individual who so far has declared his intention to compete for the flagbearer’s position.

“He has satisfied the first rule by paying the GHC20,000 banker’s draft in favour of the party, and we expect that before 20 February he will be able to finish filling the forms and attach the nomination fee of GHC200,000 for the process to begin,” Mr Boadu told reporters.

No protection

Meanwhile, the NPP general secretary has allayed fears among some potential aspiring parliamentary candidates in the Ashanti Region that there are moves to “protect” certain incumbent MPs from facing other party members in an open contest.

Speaking at a regional council meeting of the party in Kumasi on Friday, Mr Boadu said the NPP has taken no such decision. He therefore urged party members to disregard any such rumours.

The meeting was attended by regional executives, constituency chairmen and secretaries, MPs and metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs) in Ashanti.

After the meeting, Mr Boadu issued nomination forms to all the constituency chairmen and instructed them not to bar any member of the party who wishes to run in the primaries.

The general secretary is the latest to add his voice to a host of party bigwigs who have denied rumours that room will be made for certain sitting MPs in the Ashanti Region to be returned unopposed as the candidates in the December parliamentary election.

Last week, the Ashanti Regional secretary of the party, Sam Pyne, made a similar statement, declaring that there would be “no protection” for any MPs in the region.

Speaking on a Kumasi-based radio station, he stressed that the party had not reached any resolution on either supporting certain MPs to win their primaries or to stand unopposed.

Mr Pyne said that in any case such a move would contradict the party’s laid-down rules of engagement and the NPP would therefore not countenance it.

Strategising

In a related development, the party has organised an orientation workshop for all constituency elections committees in Ashanti.

The workshop, which was attended by John Boadu, was intended to enlighten members of the committees on the rules and regulations for the primaries.

Workshop participants also discussed ways to ensure that the party retains seats it won by a narrow margin in the 2016 general election, as well as strategies to win seats currently occupied by the opposition National Democratic Congress.



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