Freda Prempeh Under Siege At Tano North Over Alan
…Names of Perceived Loyalists, Executives Removed From Party Album
There appears to be a serious mafia game going on in the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Tano North constituency in the Ahafo Region, targeted at the sitting Member of Parliament (MP) to oust her at all cost.
Dr. Freda Prempeh, a Minister of State in-charge of Works and Housing, is allegedly being victimized for her seat, for being a perceived loyalist of one of the frontrunners of the party’s presidential election, Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanten.
As a result, The Anchor is learning that, about 35 polling station executives of the party, said to be loyalists of the MP, have had their names removed from the party’s album (certified delegates) without any apparent reason, and replaced with suspected allies of Dr, Gideon Boako, the spokesperson for the vice president, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
The issue has since divided the constituency executives, who have pitched camp, amidst tension, forcing the MP to write officially to the national executive of the party to intervene in the unfair treatment immediately.
This is coming at a time the Alan Campaign has decried the ongoing victimization at different levels of the party and government, preventing bigwigs and MPs from coming out to declare their support for Mr. Kyerematen.
The constituency, The Anchor is informed, has been quiet and safe for the NPP without any problem since 1996, until sometime last year, when Dr. Gideon Boako, an economist and spokesperson for Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, declared his intention to wrest the seat from Madam Freda Prempeh.
The removal of the names of the executives, this paper learnt, if allowed to pass, will make the MP suffer at the party’s parliamentary primaries slated for a yet-to-be announced date.
The concerns of the affected executives are topping discussions at a time the party is gearing up for its presidential election this November.
The aggrieved executives have, therefore, appealed to the national leadership to intervene for the right thing to be done, before “the party is torn apart in the constituency.”
According to a Ghana News Agency (GNA) report, the discrepancy was detected during the party’s album verification exercise.
The constituency youth organizer, Josuah Anumba, of the Boaso CMB Shed polling station, and spokesperson for the aggrieved executives, told the GNA that, since the discovery of the anomaly, “the constituency executives have been divided.”
Mr. Anumba said if the situation is not immediately resolved, it would affect the fortunes of the party in the constituency in next year’s general election.
He regretted that the NPP in the constituency has been characterized by petty squabbles, infighting and wrangling, since the election of the constituency executives.
The constituency youth organizer prayed the leadership would quickly intervene and resolve whatever “internal impasse.”
Mr. Anumba said, “Tension within the party in the constituency is mounting and if the right thing is not done, then we should head for doom in the Election 2024.”
A list of names of the polling station executives missing in the party’s album and signed by the affected people and made available to the GNA comprised Christiana Amponsah, Women Organiser, Buokukuruwa CMB Shed; Jonah Anumbia, Secretary, Akokoammon, CMB Shed, and Bernard Opoku Fofie, Secretary, Duayaw-Nkwanta Circuit Court.
Others are Gladys Asantewaa, Women Organiser, Duayaw-Nkwanta Circuit Court; Benjamin Acheampong, Youth Organiser, Apataasu Temp Booth; Mercy Serwaa and Afia Amea, Organiser and Youth Organiser respectively, Koforidua L/A Primary School.
The rest are Yaw Boakye, Secretary, Binkyim CMB Shed; Agyenim Boateng, Secretary, Adrobaa New Apostolic, and Thomas Antwi, Organiser, Adrobaa New Apostolic.
When contacted, Janamah Biiyien, the constituency vice chairman, confirmed the removal and replacement of some of the polling station executives’ names in the album, but added “I think you have to contact the constituency chairman.”
“In fact, some of the names of the polling station executives have been replaced and the right person you can talk to is the constituency chairman, because I wasn’t engaged in that process,” he added.
Efforts to contact Karikari Agyemang, the constituency chairman were, however, unsuccessful.
MP Writes To Headquarters
Meanwhile, the MP, Dr. Freda Prempeh, has officially written to the national leadership of the party to act urgently to resolve the matter.
A copy of the letter signed by the MP and made available to the GNA said, “I write to inform you of the removal of the names of 35 persons from the list of the certified delegates in the Tano North constituency of the Ahafo Region.”
“This anomaly was detected during the album verification exercise. Again, five polling station executives being appointed to the constituency have also been replaced which is against party directives,” it added.
Copies of the letter sent to the NPP national chairman and the Ahafo Regional executive appealed to the leadership to investigate “the complaint and have the names of the affected persons inserted in the album to bring back peace for the unity of the party.”
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