Deputy Majority leader in trouble
The Deputy Majority Leader in Parliament, Alfred Kwame Agbesi’s plans of retaining his position as a Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ashaiman Constituency has started hitting the rock as three other aspirants, including the former MCE of Ashaiman, have picked their nomination forms to contest him in the forthcoming NDC primaries.
Lawyer Emmanuel Kumadey alias Lawyer Akukor, Mr. Ernest Henry Norgbey, a businessman and former Youth Organiser, Numo Addinortey Addison, former Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Ashaiman have already picked their forms and are battle-ready to unseat the incumbent MP.
Hon. Agbesi, somewhere last year, told a section of the media and some party executives at the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly (ASHMA) that he would not contest the 2016 elections to give the youth the chance to enter parliament, but he recently made a u-turn declaring his intention to contest in a press conference before picking his forms.
He was the first aspirant to pick his form at the NDC Constituency office in Ashaiman, followed by Lawyer Akukor, Ernest and Mr. Addison in that order.
Information gathered by the DAILY GUIDE indicated that even before the opening of nominations by the party, Hon. Agbesi had been moving from electoral area to electoral area in the Ashaiman constituency wooing delegates with big offers to vote for him.
But the other aspirants claimed they are ready to face him and unseat him.
The Ashaiman Constituency seat which is currently held by Hon. Agbesi is one of the safe seats that has been held by the ruling NDC since 1992.
The seat was won by Franklin Winfred K Aheto of the NDC in 1992, he held onto it until Hon Emmanuel K. K. Teye of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) took it over in 2000 when Hon. Agbesi then went independent.
Hon. Alfred Kwame Agbesi took the seat back for the NDC in the 2004 elections and has held onto it till date.
Lawyer Akukor, one of the aspirants told DAILY GUIDE after picking his nomination forms that he has to succumb to numerous requests from his constituents and some big men in the constituency who believed he has a lot to offer the constituency.
He said, “Ashaiman deserves better as the third largest voter for the NDC in the country. Hon. Agbesi is a Deputy Majority [Leader] in Parliament; we can only give him that respect but am more competent to do the work more than what he did. The motor is lawyer go lawyer come.”
Lawyer Akukor looks like one of the aspirants who is likely to cause a huge upset on the scene in the Ashaiman constituency.