Some 70 New Patriotic Party (NPP) polling station executives in the Effiduase-Asokore in the Ashanti Region want their incumbent Member of Parliament, Dr. Nana Ayew Afriyie to contest the primary unopposed.
The polling station executives are of the view that the performance of Dr. Ayew Afriyie after being in office for three years has been remarkable and that they will prefer he is not contested when the NPP opens nominations for the primaries in the constituency within the next few months.
They took the decision at a meeting held on Monday December 30, 2019.
This was captured in a letter signed by Kwame Twum, Secretary to the polling station executives and addressed to the party’s National Headquarters.
“The decision for our MP to go unopposed has become necessary considering that, then an MP candidate in 2016 his hardworking nature coupled with his teamwork with party executives moved the Presidential vote from 74%to 83%,” the letter read.
The polling station executives also noted that the constituency through the initiative of Dr. Afriyie is “fast-developing” and commended him for lobbying to the constituency some developmental projects from government.
“As an MP we consider him extremely affable to his party delegates and constituents, he attends and sponsors party obligation to social functions, his common fund has been put to meaningful use with consideration to party opinion on where and which projects. Also, he has lobbied enormously for government projects which can impact positively on our presidential votes.”
“He has been involved overwhelmingly in human resource development and job placements for his constituents; indeed his personal resource has brightened the party’s outlook in the constituency,” portions of the letter added.
According to them, the constituency needs the rich experience of the incumbent to safeguard the NPP’s votes during election 2020.
“We therefore believe that, the enormity of goodwill he enjoys in the constituency has placed him as the most popular person the NPP in Effiduase-Asokore can present for election 2020. On the score of these popular social standing of our MP, we the constituency executives are recommending to the National Party Executives to maintain Dr. Nana Ayew Afriyie as an unopposed candidate for the 2020 elections.”
NPP presidential, parliamentary primaries slated for April 25
The New Patriotic Party will hold primaries for its incumbent Members of Parliament on April 25, 2020.
It will on the same day organise its presidential primaries.
The NPP in 2019 held parliamentary primaries in constituencies without sitting MPs called “orphan constituencies.”