Ayawaso West Wuogon seat: Respect the dead, yourselves – NPP to Agyarko’s widows
It is rather unusual, disrespectful and untraditional the behaviour of widows of late Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Emmanuel Kyerematen Agyarko following the sudden demise of the latter, the leadership of the New Patriotic Party has said.
The comments come following news of a supposed ‘battle’ over the parliamentary seat of the late MP.
Speaking to Otec News Tuesday, Deputy General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party, Obiri Boahen found it extremely insolent that these women are seeking after their selfish interests when their late husband has barely been buried.
Even if these ambitions must be pursued he opined, it befalls on people he deemed family especially to at least allow his soul to rest in peace and accord him the due respect.
“We must respect the dead, we must respect the party and the Leaders of the party, we must respect the party’s democratic credentials, we must respect tradition, and we must respect Agyarko and his family” he stated.
“It is unfair and a disgrace for people to battle for the seat of the late Member of Parliament who has not been buried.”
Obiri Boahen insisted that such behaviour is dealt with and not compromised.
“This should not be tolerated at all, we are not demonstrating our love for the late MP. Somebody has died, the electoral commission has not opened nomination forms for the by-election, the party has not met on that and people are fighting for his seat, we must respect the dead” he added.
Nana Obiri Boahen said Ghanaians should not tolerate that and urged the media not to give the rivals opportunity to display their “selfish interests”.
Hon. Emmanuel Kyeremateng Agyarko died on November 21, 2018, from a prolonged illness, and he’s yet to be buried.
While a date is yet to be fixed for a bye-election, posters of both widows, Lydia Agyarko and Naana Agyarko, have emerged, indicating their interest in contesting for the late MP's seat.
Meanwhile, the second wife of the late Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon Emmanuel Kyeremanten Agyarko, Lydia Alhassan says she has never expressed interest in her late husband’s parliamentary seat.
According to her, she has remained in a deep state of shock and mourning following the sudden demise her husband to be fighting over who represents the governing New Patriotic Party for the upcoming by-election in the constituency.