It was an emotional scene and show of true love exhibited by the over 500 Polling Station Executives and Ward Coordinators of the Adansi Asokwa Constituency branch of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) at the auditorium of the Asokwa Church of Pentecost where they met and declared their unflinching support for the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP), Kobina Tahir Hammond, to contest again in the upcoming parliamentary primary scheduled for 25th April, 2020.
According to the polling station executives, ward coordinators and majority of the constituency executives, Mr Hammond has shown great leadership in the constituency, region, national as well as Parliament thus he [Mr Hammond] desire to represent again in Parliament them come 2021.
Addressing the media after the meeting, the spokesperson of the group, Mr Richmond Yeboah, explained that they coming out openly to throw their support behind Mr Hammond was necessitated by some misinformation being fed the public by no less a person than the Constituency Chairman, Mr Kwame Owusu, that polling station executives, ward coordinators and constituency executive committee who form the Electoral College for the primaries have withdrew their support for the incumbent MP.
Mr Yeboah said that the assertions which suggested that Mr Hammond has been allowed to contest unopposed for five (5) consecutive times in a roll were false.
“We want to state for the records that the assertions are not only erroneous but a diabolic agenda deliberately orchestrated by some self-seeking individuals to bring tension to the constituency,” he added.
“First of all, it must be noted that after the party’s decision to boycott the 1992 parliamentary election and the subsequent defeat of the late Mr Justice Akuamoah Boateng in 1996, no member was interested in contesting the 2000 election.
Mr Hammond was thus approached by the party and Justice Akuamoah Boateng to contest as the parliamentary candidate.
After several discussions, he [Mr Hammond] accepted to represent the NPP at the Adansi Asokwa Constituency.
It is instructive to note that during this time, Mr Hammond was a deputy Secretary to the United Kingdom branch of the NPP. From 1992 to 2000, he was a member of the Adansi Asokwa party and provided assistance to the party.
There has been no occasion where qualified persons have shown interest to contest that they have been denied the chance and, therefore, no one can claim that Mr Hammond has always been shielded to go unopposed, he further explained.
Mr Yeboah stated that it was a fact that in 2008, 2012 and 2016, some people who were not known in the party, let alone have valid membership cards as members of the Adansi Asokwa NPP, and have not nurtured the party for at least two (2) years as stipulated in the party’s constitution, put themselves to contest the party’s primaries but were disqualified from contesting the primaries during the vetting process.
But Mr Hammond has in each of the processes remained the only eligible candidate to represent the party and the people of Adansi Asokwa, and these are based on valid reasons but not on machinations to favour him as some people assert, he maintained.
“The point must be clearly stated that Mr Hammond at no point in time influenced the process nor asked that they should be disqualified to favour him,” the spokesperson reiterated.
According to him, for reasons best known to Chairman Owusu, few months after grabbing the chairmanship position he openly told people that he was the man to unseat Mr Hammond after many attempts by some self-seeking individuals in the past had failed miserably.
“After that negative thought by Chairman Owusu, he has devised some foul means to carry out his evil agenda and this is causing some rancours among members of the party.
…He recently went to the media to announce that the incumbent MP has chicken out from the upcoming parliamentary primary which was not true.
…As we speak Mr. K.T. Hammond has picked his nomination forms which we will submit in the coming days to contest for the sole ticket of the party to represent NPP and the good people of Adansi Asokwa Constituency for the sixth term in Parliament,” he hinted.
Mr Yeboah, therefore, appealed to the media and the general public to disregard such rumours that the incumbent MP was not contesting the 2020 parliamentary primaries.
Mr. K.T. Hammond addressing delegates
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