The New Trust Newspaper has gathered that posters of Mr.Manaf Ibrahim who is a presidential staff at the Office Vice President’s has popped at Asawasi as the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Parliamentary aspirant for 2020 general elations despite the decision of the Ashanti regional Executive Committtee.
The posters with the full colours of the party inscription “loyalty, courage and dedication” is spread through the vintage points of the constituency including the party’s constituency office at Asawasi as the party last Saturday 20th July opened nomination for potential parliamentary candidates to pick forms.
As at Tuesday 23rd July, 2019, upon this paper visit to the Asawasi office, there was no nomination forms for prospective candidates to pick even though, some interested party members had already submitted their banker’s draft per the party’s guidelines to show interest or their intention. Manaf who lost to Hon.Alhaji Alidu Seidu who doubles now as the Asokore Mampong Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) are expected to meet for a re-match in the pending party primaries. That is if he is able to file his nomination papers before the closing of nomination on Saturday 3rd August, 2019.
This, is because the regional chairman of the party,Mr.Bernard Antwi Boasiako who is popularly known in the political space as chairman Wontumi even though, he denied that he is using the President’s name to impose candidate for Asawasi constituency,Ejura-Sekyeredumase and Sekyere Afram Plains.He was however, quick to state unequivocally that,they want to impose candidates for the 3 orphan constituencies.
Bragging that, as a regional chairman of the party even though, he has vowed to be fair to all manner of people in the party but they will impose candidates for the 3 seats and if anyone has any issue they should come to him.”I have sworn to be fair to all manner of party people and people of Ashanti region but I will do what will help NPP as part of our determination to win 2020 elections. You know Chairman Wontumi is not a coward person and whatever you have asked me if it is true I will tell you”, he told King Edward of Hello 101.5 Fm, a local based radio station in Kumasi last Tuesday when he was called to react to the group of NPP calling themselves “Patriotic Youth Alliance (PYA) led by Thomas Boakye who had in a statement called on the National Executive Committee of NPP to step in before ‘wayward Wontumi breaks the party into pieces.Chairman Wontumi told the listeners of the radio station that, the group was not recognized by the party and that all that they claimed in their statement was false but he end up confessing that, they(Regional NPP executives) have decided to impose candidates on the 3 seats exactly what the group had exposed in their statement. Meanwhile, point 6 of the party’s guidelines for the primaries reads,” No Aspiring Parliamentary Candidate (APC) shall be denied access to purchase nomination forms.Point.7 says “In the event that a prospective aspiring candidate is denied access to purchase Nomination Forms at the constituency level, he/she may do so either at the Regional Office or at National Secretariat through an appeal”.
Meanwhile, this paper has gathered that,after Ashanti regional Executive Committee’s decision to stop all prospective candidates apart from the 3 Municipal and District Executives for the 3 orphan constituencies, Manaf has assured his supporters that, he will go ahead to file his nomination papers at the Asawasi office of the party on Thursday 1sth August,2019 at 3pm.He disclosed this to Ashh 101.1 FM,a local based radio station in Kumasi on Tuesday 30th July,2019.