DAILY GUIDE has learnt that two of about five persons who were speculated to be interested in contesting the Asokwa New Patriotic Party (NPP) primary have actualized their intentions by picking nomination forms at the constituency office.
The two are the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Hon Maxwell Kofi Jumah and Mr. Baafi Boakye, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Nkosuo Radio, a Kumasi-based FM station.
The other three persons yet to pick nomination forms include the first female Chief Executive of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, Madam Patricia Appiagyei; Pastor Owusu Nkrumah of the Assembly of God Church at Atonsu, a suburb of Kumasi; and Mohammed Abdallah, a Kumasi-based Legal Practitioner.
The incumbent MP, who doubles as the Deputy Local Government and Rural Development Minister, according to our information, picked his form just a day after the party had opened nominations country-wide at constituencies where they have sitting MPs on March 1. This therefore made him the first to pay the GH¢20 required for the picking of the forms.
Mr. Boakye Baafi, this paper gathered, also picked his forms two days after the incumbent MP had finished with his.
As at the time of filing this report, there were no clear signs as to when Pastor Owusu Nkrumah and Mohammed Abdallah would pick their forms, while Madam Patricia Appiagyei's bid is in the balance because there were fresh rumours that she would rather contest the Subin seat.
Interested candidates who wish to contest the NPP primary at Asokwa Constituency, like any other constituency in the country, would have to pick nomination forms at a cost of GH¢20 and return the filled forms with the required GH¢1,000 on or before the end of March this year.
The Constituency Chairman, Mr. Asare Bediako told DAILY GUIDE in an interview that the Asokwa Constituency was given four forms of which two had already been subscribed.
He noted that apart from the two people who had officially picked nomination forms, he was not in a position to comment about names being speculated.
He assured Hon Maxwell Kofi Jumah and Mr. Baafi Boakye of a free and fair primary to ensure that the outcome of the event is accepted by all.
From Morgan Owusu,