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NPP parliamentary primaries: New Juaben South MP goes unopposed

Two candidates have been ruled out by the New Patriotic Party’s Eastern Regional Vetting Committee: Frank Aidoo, the Municipal Chief Executive of Akuapem South, and Madam Yaa Ansah, who was running against Michael Kofi Okyere Baafi, the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry and MP for New Juaben South.

Yaa Ansah was supposed to meet with the committee yesterday, but she arrived much later than expected because she was out of the nation’s jurisdiction.

She did, however, receive a vetting hearing today. According to a complaint that the committee received, Madam Yaa Ansah was disqualified for allegedly impersonating someone else.

Michael Kofi Okyere Baafi will now run unopposed for the New Juaben South Constituency seat as a result of Yaa Ansah’s disqualification.

Frank Aidoo, the Municipal Chief Executive of Akuapem South, on the other hand, was disqualified for failing to resign from his office as MCE prior to submitting his forms to run for the Akuapem South seat, where incumbent MP OB Amoah is also running for reelection.

Tony Osei Adjei, the Eastern Regional NPP Secretary, clarified that Madam Yaa Ansah was not permitted to impersonate anyone.

“Some members said their names had been used and top-printed on Madam Yaa Ansah’s forms, which they did not authorize. The committee was petitioned, and we called the petitioner, and he agreed that he wrote the petition. We asked Yaa Ansah, who said the petitioner consented to using his name, which the petitioner insisted he didn’t. So, there was an issue of impersonation, and we had to hold on to her vetting and refer the matter to the national level for redress.

“As it stands now, she has been disqualified by the vetting committee. So, unless there is an appeal or whatever, if she pulls through successfully, the MP [Michael Kofi Okyere Baafi] will go unopposed.”