n elder of the Asokwa Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC), Sammy Binfo Dakwa has picked up nomination forms to contest in the upcoming parliamentary primaries of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Adansi Asokwa constituency of the Ashanti region.
Mr Dakwa has been tipped as a strong candidate to unseat the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) Kwabena Tahiru Hammond popularly known as K.T Hammond who has occupied the seat for over 2 decades.
The constituency for the past 25years has never held parliamentary primaries for delegates in the constituency to choose a Parliamentary Candidate (PC) in a competitive election due to various forms of manipulations of the process in favour of the incumbent MP.
However, the newly elected constituency executives of the party led by Chairman Kwame Owusu, have vowed to halt NPP internal political dictatorship in the constituency where no member of the party is allowed to contest the incumbent MP.
“As you know there haven’t been any parliamentary primaries in this constituency for decades in this constituency which portrays this constituency as undemocratic. But under my new leadership, I’m poised to change the narrative, that is why I have decided to give the constituency delegates the opportunity to elect their preferred parliamentary candidate for the constituency. Therefore, for the first time, there will be a parliamentary primary in this constituency,’’ Mr Owusu said.
He spoke to Ultimate FM’s Isaac Bediako, after Mr Dakwa picked his nomination forms to challenge the incumbent MP.
Mr Owusu advised Mr Dakwa and his supporters to conduct a decent campaign devoid of insults and character assassination which may lead to division in the party.
“Adansi Asokwa constituency always dominates the media for the wrong reasons during political season particularly in NPP’s parliamentary primaries, this time we have open a new chapter for the constituency so conduct your campaigns well for peace to rule in this constituency,’’ he stressed.
The aspirant, Mr Dakwa who is a former President of National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has pledged to conduct an issue-based campaign and assured the constituency executives, delegates and party members of his commitment to ensuring that his supporters engage in a peaceful campaign and primaries.
“I know you the executives of our great party led by Chairman Wontumi and you Chairman Kwame Owusu and other constituency executives have opened a new era for this constituency, your bold decision to open nomination for interested aspirants to pick forms to contest the primaries alone tells you are poised to promote peace in this constituency which is very commendable.
“I, Sammy Binfo Dakwa, will want to assure you Chairman Kwame Owusu and every member of the party in his constituency that, I’m going to conduct issue base campaign, constructive criticism devoid of maligning which has the ability to create painful division in the party,’’ he assured.