The come back of 2 former National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament (MPs) to contest in the party’s parliamentary primaries in the upper East Region has shocked several constituents and a few members of the party in the two constituencies.
The two, Hon. Akolbire Opam Brown, a former Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga Central constituency and Hon. Cletus Apule Avoka have both picked forms to do another shot in next month’s Parliamentary Primaries of the party.
For some constituents in the 2 constituencies, the decision of the 2 is surprising and shameful.
A resident who identified himself as Joseph Ayinpanga in an interaction with MyNewsGh.com said he least expected Hon. Opam Brown to consider staging a return after serving 2 terms in Parliament.
“Honestly am shocked. I don’t know what else to say but i think that his decision to contest again is just not fine. it’s within his right to contest but sometimes it’s best to take an honorable rest particularly when the individuals say it’s okay. In his case, his own party rejected him because he lost in the primaries. that should have been enough for him to move on with his life. 2 terms is okay,” he said.
Abu Suleman, a smock weaver at the Bolgatanga market couldn’t hide his anger when asked what his verdict was on the decision of the former legislator to hunt another term in office.
“It is a disgrace. in fact it’s a shame. What else does he want? what is it that he wanted to do and will not do so thinks that he can do it this time round. I don’t know who has advised him but this might be a big disgrace to him if he should lose” the visibly livid weaver said.
A constituency govt of the party who spoke to MyNewsGh.com on condition of anonymity following a directive of the party to them not to openly support aspirants revealed that Opam Brown’s return though not out of place, but a decision that he finds rather strange saying “I have actually told him he should not go again if not he would be seen as being selfish and from the look of things his chances are not good enough. But well, he has decided and so we will see how it goes”.
In the Bawku West constituency, the responses from some voters to the return of Hon. Cletus Avoka was simply unkind.
Hon. Cletus Avoka earned the name ‘Zebilla Mugabe’ as a results of his long keep in office as Member of Parliament who occupied several ministerial and high profile positions.
Hon Avoka, has been the Member of Parliament (MP) since 1992, except from 2004-2008 once he lost to Hon John Akparibo Ndebugre of the People’s National Congress (PNC). He made a comeback in 2008 and won massively in parliamentary elections and continued to manage a slim win in the 2012 elections.
Though there were reports suggesting he promised not to contest again after the 2012 elections, Mr. Avoka proceeded to contest in the party’s primaries in 2015 and won however lost to the New Patriotic Party’s(NPP’s) Frank Fuseini Adongo in the last elections.
For some party members in the constituency, Cletus Avoka was a factor that contributed to the abysmal performance of the party in the area in the 2016 elections.
Rashad Ndago, a resident and one of the many voters who spoke to this news portal said “the position of MP isn’t the only preserve of only 1 person. Don’t perpetually assume it should be you and no one else. so apart from you nobody can be there. allow other people to also work and serve. 20 years in Parliament is enough”.
In all 54 aspirants are contesting in all the 15 constituencies in the upper East Region and are expected to go through vetting before the primaries that is slated for next month.