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Asokwa on fire: angry NPP youth invoke deities on party leaders stifling Dr Boakye’s parliamentary bid

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Some members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) within the Asokwa Constituency Saturday, June 6 invoked deities to deal with national, regional and constituency Executives who are trying to prevent a fair contest in the upcoming NPP primaries.

They believe that the only contender of the incumbent MP, Dr. Nana Yaw Boakye has been cleared to contest following his petition to the appeals committee of the party. They however say some party executives have been paid to make sure Madam Patricia Appiagyei goes through the primaries unopposed.

The party supporters, including some delegates and executives who are not happy with treatment being meted out to Dr. Boakye explained that all they want is a fair contest. “We will then find it easy to rally behind the winner and campaign. However, if they force the woman on us, we will not campaign with her. We will vote for the NDC or an independent candidate” they threatened.

The young Medical Doctor, the only contender to Madam Patricia Appiagyei has been treated like an outcast as he was refused forms in his constituency as well as the regional office of the party. He later obtained the forms from the party’s national office but was again frustrated in his efforts to submit the forms. His vetting thus became his slaughter grounds as he was asked flimsy questions and not given the chance to deliver answers.

The Doctor who has been the head of the NPP’s Medical team for several years held public health events and even renovated collapsed classrooms for the constituency was hanged during his vetting for not “nurturing” the party within his constituency.  He has however held his tongue all through the maltreatment, but his angry supporters say they cannot sit back and watch such a promising young man’s efforts go waste.

Around 8am Saturday, a group of ardent NPP youth clad in black and red bands converged at the bank of a river near the Atonsu market and offered schnapps and eggs to the river to judge between the Doctor and wicked party executives who have allegedly taken bribes to frustrate him.

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Many people around the market were also not happy with the frustrations the young man was going through. They said “this is unlike the NPP” Some also declared in anger that the incumbent MP remains a bench warmer and has not done anything for the party within the constituency. “Why is she so afraid of a contest if indeed she is doing her job well?” they queried.

A chief, Nana Kwasi Nimako Ampraw, who was at the scene advised the young men to desist from invoking deities like they did as it was a serious thing and could cost lives. He advised the party’s top brass to take up the matter to ensure justice prevails since the action taken by the pained youth will definitely have an impact on the targeted persons and their families. He explained that what the youngsters did, if indeed their allegations were true, could lead to the demise of innocent family members of the party executives mentioned.

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Schnapps and eggs at the scene

Bernard Buachi/ghanagong

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