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15.05.2008 Politics

Party members kick against Afeku`s candidature …with demonstration

By Zam R. Samin, Axim - Ghanaian Chronicle

Some members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Evalue -Egwira constituency on Thursday embarked on a mini demonstration against the candidature of Madam Catherine Afeku, government Spokesperson on infrastructure, who is aspiring to be the party's Parliamentary candidate for the constituency.

The youth, numbering over 50, kicked against the candidate by showing placards some of which bore disgusting headlines. 

This unfortunate incident took place when the Flag Bearer of the party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo rounding up his campaign tour of the region at Axim. His visit was particularly directed at the orphan constituencies of the NPP, where sitting MP's are all opposition members including that of Evalue-Egwira where the incumbent MP, Hon. Kojo Armah is a CPP member.

The mini demonstration, which lasted for 30 minutes took the intervention of the Sekondi constituency chairman, Mr. Mathew Earnest Buah and Mr. Ansah, his constituency secretary, as well as the Evalue-Egwira constituency secretary, Mr. Francis Bob-Etsuah to order some macho men numbering 6, including 3 police men and 3 community protection unit (CPU) personnel to disarm the irate youth who were fuming with rage over the candidature of Catherine Afeku.

This prevented an embarrassment of the Flag Bearer. 

At the durbar grounds, over hundred ladies were also displaying the T-Shirts of Catherine Afeku who is currently battling to survive the series of petitions and court cases against her.

When this reporter, a witness to the demonstration contacted the National Chairman, Peter Mac Manu on the matter, he denied having heard of the matter as he was among the team that visited the chief.

However, he explained that the National Executive Committee of which he was a member was investigating all the petitions and concerns about candidates in the constituencies that have not been vetted as well as constituencies where primaries have not been held.

This investigation, according to him, would have to be done before the party takes any concrete decision to fix the time for the primary.

Even in constituencies where they have elected candidates, he indicated that the committee set by the NEC could still declare a candidate-elect a looser, if they found anything contrary to the party's rules, or if any party member has concrete evidence to prove his or her claim to disqualify any candidate.

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