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10.09.2004 NPP News

NPP Sacks Sitting MP From Primary

By The Independent
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The MP for Amansie West, Mr. Stephen Buor Karikari has been booted out of the race to to contest on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party for that constituency in the December parliamentary elections.

This development has been attributed to certain acts of misconduct, which according to the national executive of the party do not only constitute fraud but are unbefitting of the stature of an MP. The decision has sparked off a lot of controversy fraught with accusations and counter-accusations by the MP and his supporters on one hand and and the Ashanti regional and national executives of the party and some supporters of the party in the constituency on the other.

The national chairman of the ruling NPP, Mr. Harruna Esseku, has defended the decision of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party to disqualify the sitting MP for Amansie West from contesting in the constituency's primary.

Reacting to concerns raised by Hon. Buor Karikari on his disqualification, sources at the NPP party's headquarters disclosed that Mr. Esseku went ahead to condemn his party man who has been caught up in visa racketeering fraud which has become his stock in trade ever since he made it to Parliament.

Mr. Buor Karikari, has also been accused of fraudulent forging documents of the Amansie District Assembly in an attempt to secure visas for some of his 'clients'. By the decision of the NEC, Hon. Buor Karikari has lost the opportunity of ever representing the party in parliament.

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