Some youth of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Asokwa constituency in the Ashanti Region are threatening to vote for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) should the leadership of the party insist on making the incumbent Member of Parliament, Patricia Appiagyei run unopposed in the upcoming Parliamentary primaries.
According to the youth who spoke to ABC News on Tuesday, the MP has not embarked on any notable project since her assumption of office eight (8) years ago. A resident of Asokwa, who identified himself only as Tawiah, insisted that the works of the legislator, especially towards road infrastructure, cannot be proven and therefore other interested individuals should be allowed to contest her in the upcoming election.
Any move by the party to prevent others from contesting the incumbent, he says, will lead to a boycott of the elections or a worse scenario of a “skirt-and-blouse” vote.
“I don’t have a problem with the government but the representative of government in Asokwa is not working as she is supposed to so if the Party insists on making the woman go unopposed, we will look for someone to stand unopposed or we will vote ‘Skirt and Blouse’ if we have to vote for NDC in the Parliamentary election, we will and vote for NPP in the Presidential election,” Mr Tawiah stated.
Another party member, AbusuaPanyin K.K said “We don’t hate the woman, we are all NPP supporters but what we are demanding is that they should open up the nominations so that everyone can pick forms and contest because she’s not the only person contesting, In Sekyere Effiduase, there is a woman contesting and she is being contested so we don’t know why the party leadership insists on.”
The NPP has planned to hold Parliamentary primaries in all 169 constituencies where it has sitting MPs across the country on April 25, 2020.
In a bid to maintain some Parliamentary seats in the 2020 general elections, the third National Chairman of the Party, Frederick Fredua Antoh with the backing of the Ashanti Regional Chairman, first Vice regional Chairman and the Regional Secretary are alleged to have recommended that some candidates(incumbents) are allowed to run unopposed.
In the Amansie Central, Asokwa, Subin, Nhyiaeso, Suame, Adansi Asokwa, Obuasi East and West and Kumawu constituencies, among others, incumbent MPs will run unopposed to ‘safeguard’ the party’s votes with all seriousness it requires.