General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu, has disclosed that the party has taken steps to sanction anyone who flouts the National Executive Councils’ decision in the wake of their primaries.
According to him, they expect everyone to adhere strictly to the rules and guidelines governing their primaries.
Speaking on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ programme with Kwame Nkrumah Tikese, he explained that the party has taken notice of some misunderstandings with respect to acquiring forms.
“We have asked all party executives to adhere strictly and provide forms to all interested aspirants. Refusal to do so will warrant severe sanctions from the National Executive Council.
“The NPP is a democratic party and we expect that everyone within the party who desires to contest in the primaries to be treated equally,” he said.
He said the National Executive Council has the privilege to take a final decision so far as the primaries are concerned.
Following the opening of nominations by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to elect parliamentary candidates for constituencies with sitting MPs on April 25, 2020, there has been a lot of hues and cry about the process in other regions and particularly Ashanti Region.
While some party officials intend to ‘protect’ some of the Members of Parliament (MPs) for them to go unopposed as a reward for their good work for the party and the government, others believe that the decision is undemocratic and that the contest should be opened to all for the best candidates to win and represent their people.
Since the opening of nominations on January 20, 2020, the Ashanti Region, which is the stronghold of the party, has been awash with ‘controversies’, with some aspiring candidates accusing the regional and constituency executives of colluding to deny them the opportunity to pick nomination forms.
Though some aspirants have been able to pick their forms others are still struggling to locate their constituency executives for a copy of the forms.