The Nkawkaw Constituency branch of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Eastern Region has summarily dismissed the First Vice Chairman, Mr Osei Bonsu and the Women's Organiser, Madam Veronica Otchere from the party.
The constituency executive accused the two persons for openly declaring support for Mr Seth Adjei-Baah, alias “Shaaba” a prominent Kwahu philanthropist who has expressed the interest to contest the seat as an independent candidate in the December parliamentary election.
A source close to the campaign centre of Mr Adjei-Baah said a letter dated August 6, 2004, signed by the constituency chairman, Opanyin Yaw Boateng, confirmed the dismissal of the two leading members of the party.
The source said the letter assigned reasons for their dismissal as “consistently canvassing for political support from our supporters and polling station executives in favour of Mr Seth Adjei-Baah, an independent parliamentary candidate in the December elections,”. According to the source, the letter also explained that a disciplinary committee instituted on the matter found the conduct of the two persons a breach or violation of the party's constitution,”.
Madam Otchere however, remains defiant in the face of her dismissal from the party and said in an interview that” my support for Mr Adjei-Baah in his bid to wrest the seat in the forthcoming parliamentary election to meet the expectations of the masses in the area continues unabated,” “I will never under any circumstance withdraw my support for “Shaaba in the face of the sanctions slapped on me by the Nkawkaw constituency executives of the NPP.
The decision to expel me from the party has even hardened my resolve to campaign with all my might for Mr Adjei-Baah to clinch victory in the December polls,” she said. Madam Otchere said the people of the area had already decided to vote for the independent candidate, stressing his comportment, humility and disposition towards the poor and disadvantaged in the area was his triumph-card for victory in the polls.
She called on supporters of Mr Adjei-Baah to remain calm and not to be distracted by attempts by constituency executives of the party to blackmail members of his campaign team to rescind their decision to support the candidacy of the independent candidate.
“Mr Adjei-Baah, God willing will record a resounding victory at the next polls and nothing will stand in the way of the campaign team to achieve that objective,” she said.