The Sene West constituency executive of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), have warned the party would witness a “miserable” defeat in Election 2020, in the constituency if President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo failed to revoke the nomination of Mr John Nyarba, as the Sene West District Chief Executive.
According to them, the chiefs and people of the district as well as key supporters of the NPP received the President’s announcement of Mr Nyarba nomination with utmost shock and disbelief.
“This is because we have earlier on petitioned the presidency and the leadership of the party to give the DCE to Mr Joseph Kumah-Mackay, the Parliamentary Candidate of the party in 2012 and 2016” Mr Paul Evans Nyarko, the first vice chairman of the party in the constituency stated.
He told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview that despite the fact that Mr Kumah-Mackay lost the parliamentary seat, as a stronghold of the National Democratic Congress, he was able to close the voting gap from more than 10,000 votes in Election 2012 to less than 1,200 votes in Election 2016.
“This is an indication that the NPP is gradually gaining roots in the area, and can win both the parliamentary and presidential votes in 2020 if appointed as the DCE.
He explained that all the 12 out of the 16 constituency executives, as well as the two Traditional Areas – Dwan and Wiase Traditional Areas had declared their support for Mr Kumah-Mackay, adding that ‘it would be political suicidal for the NPP in the area if the concerns of the people were not heard and addressed.’
Mr Nyarko refuted allegations that there was tension in the area following the President’s announcement, but was quick to add that, many of the party supporters in the constituency marched to the party office and registered their displeasure against the President’s Nominee.
“What we do not understand is that the President nominated other NPP parliamentary candidates who contested even once and lost. We believe there is a foul play and we expect that the right thing would be done for the interest of our great party”, he said.