Thursday, June 12, 2008


A MEMBER of the campaign team of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ejisu-Juaben, Mr Akwasi Osei-Agyei, has dismissed media reports that the MP is planning to use juju and money to win the constituency primary scheduled for Saturday.
Mr J.K. Owusu-Boakye said it had never featured in the programme of the MP, who is also the Minister of Foreign Affairs, to use negative means to win the primary, adding that the allegation was a figment of the imagination of its originators.
He stated this in reaction to media reports that “a group, including some ministers of state, is hatching a plot to move a vehicle loaded with money and an idol to influence delegates to vote for Mr Osei-Agyei”.
In his reaction, Mr Owusu-Boakye, also known as Abito, said, “It is regrettable that people are bent on using negative tactics to have their way in the primary,” adding that “the truth will come out”.
He described the allegation as very serious and said “the MP will take appropriate action to redeem himself”.
“Mr Osei-Agyei believes in mature politics and that is exactly what he is doing to win the primary,” Mr Owusu-Boakye stressed.
He stated that the MP was contesting the primary on his own record and playing to the rules.
“So far, he has not broken any of the rules of the contest, including camping delegates,” he said.
Mr Owusu-Boakye said the cancellation of last Friday’s primary in Kumasi did not affect only one candidate, as some people sought to believe.
“It also affected Mr Osei-Agyei, who had all along been in Kumasi waiting for the event to come off,” he said.
Mr Owusu-Boakye stated that the delegates for Saturday’s primary would be looking for records and that was where Mr Osei-Agyei stood tall among the rest.
Meanwhile, the NPP regional executive, at a meeting in Kumasi last Monday, agreed that the primary should be held at Achiawkrom, near Ejisu, next Saturday.
Representatives of the three candidates attended the meeting.
The candidates contesting the primary are Mr Osei-Agyei, Mr Kwabena Owusu-Aduomi, the Ashanti Regional Director of the Ghana Highway Authority, and an engineering consultant, Mr Oliver Boakye.

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