Some members of the Old Vandals Association of the University of Ghana have called on the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) National Parliamentary Appeal Committee to restore Bernard Oduro Takyi, a parliamentary aspirant in the Sunyani West Constituency of the Bono Region.
According to a release issued by the Old Vandals the disqualification of Bernard Oduro Takyi was with no reason and justifications even though he had met all the requirements to qualify as an aspirant.
“This is a big shame to the Bono regional executives of the NPP to frown on democracy and also to promote fair competition which is a needful ingredient in any democratic dispensation. In fact, any politician who fears internal contest is not a worthy politician to talk about. This is also unacceptable considering the pedigree of the president of Ghana H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo as a human rights activist,” the release added.
The group has also promised not to collaborate with the NPP on any occasion as far as Bono Region is concerned.
“We demand that urgent justice be given to Bernard Oduro Takyi who is our very own to contest in the NPP MP Primaries at Sunyani West Constituency. We entreat the National Parliamentary Appeals Committee to highly consider the appeal submitted by Bernard Oduro Takyi for him to contest in the race. [We also demand that the party should] allow free and fairgrounds for the Primaries at Sunyani West and across the country.”
They finally noted that Vandals are brave, intelligent and strong men who do not fear competition and in their view, the party officials should allow a true son of father BACCHUS who has diligently served the NPP to contest the primaries without any interference and undue protectionism.
Bernard Oduro Takyi is seeking to unseat the incumbent MP for Sunyani West and Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Baffour Awuah who is currently going unopposed after two of his challengers were disqualified.
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