• Mon. Aug 8th, 2022

Ben Ephson to NPP: Make Fomena MP Presidential Candidate to Show Appreciation

Ben Ephson, pollster and managing editor of the Dispatch, has stated that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) must reciprocate Mr Andrew Amoako Asiamah’s loyalty by ensuring that he contests and wins the NPP’s upcoming parliamentary polls to become the party’s Parliamentary Candidate (PC) in 2024.

According to Ben Ephson, if the 2nd Deputy Speaker had not decided to identify himself with the NPP in the House, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the party would have had a difficult time governing.

Mr. Andrew Amoako Asiamah, a former NPP member, was kicked out of the party ahead of the 2020 elections. In the polls, the incumbent MP for Fomena ran as an independent candidate and won. He was disqualified from running in the party’s parliamentary primaries in the run-up to the 2020 elections.

His parliamentary seat was likewise declared vacant.

In the 8th Parliament, after both the NPP and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) garnered 137-137 seats apiece, he became the decisive factor in whether the NPP would form the majority or not.

Despite being fired from the party, Mr. Amoako Asiamah chose to work with the NPP, a crucial decision that helped the party win the majority in the 8th Parliament.

Ben Ephson said on Saturday February 26 on Key Points on TV3 with host Dzifah Bampoh about the NPP internal polls, “I think the NPP needs to reward the faith the independent candidate has placed in the party.”

“Yes, elections should be held, but I believe the party should find ways to exert pressure on people who would vote, even if the Independents do not align with us in the legislature.” Because he is the one who breaks the 137-137, running the government would have been extremely tough. As a result, I believe that an election must be held in accordance with democratic principles, but that the party must also provide ways and means for the independent candidate for Fomena to win.”

His remarks came after a group of disgruntled NPP youths in the Fomena constituency promised to fight any attempt by the party to force Mr Asiamah on them.

“We would fight any attempt by NPP party executives to force the independent candidate and his supporters on the faithful NPP supporters within the constituency,” Micheal Ankapong, aspiring youth organiser, told the media on Wednesday, February 23 in Fomena.

“Some officials met with Hon. Andrew Amoako Assiamah, the Independent candidate for Fomena constituency, to bring on board his followers to contest party internal elections,” he added.

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