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NPP Bekwai constituency sets aside differences, unite for massive 2024 victory

After the parliamentary primaries in the Bekwai constituency last January, it became clear that there were cracks in the constituency

The leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Bekwai constituency, Ashanti Region, have set aside all differences between them pledging to present a unified front ahead of the December 2024 general election to secure a massive victory for the party’s parliamentary candidate, Ralph Poku-Adusei and presidential candidate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.

After the parliamentary primaries of the NPP in the Bekwai constituency last January, it became clear that there were cracks in the NPP Bekwai constituency, especially when the constituency voted against the parliamentary candidate (COP George Mensah Rtd. ) who was supported by the sitting but outgoing member of Parliament (MP) and first deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu (Joe Wise).

NPP Reconciliation drive

As a result of the disagreements in the NPP as a whole after its parliamentary primaries in constituencies with sitting MPs, the leadership of the party in consultation with the respective regional executive committees, constituted regional reconciliation committees (RRCs) that were tasked with the responsibility of fostering unity and reconciliation within the party in every constituency across all 16 regions in the country.

The reconciliation committee meeting with NPP Bekwai leaders

Unity talks

To this end, the 14-member committee constituted by the NPP for the Ashanti Region, chaired by Ambassador Edward Boateng, on Saturday 18 May 2024, met all the parties in the Bekwai constituency at the Crystal Rose Hotel in Kumasi to address their concerns. Happily, reconciliation was reached, and all sides have agreed to join forces to work for the common good of the NPP in the Bekwai constituency ahead of the 7 December 2024 presidential and parliamentary elections.

Formal introduction

To demonstrate the decision to unite, the sitting MP, Joseph Osei Owusu, led a delegation of party executives and elders in Bekwai to introduce the constituency’s parliamentary candidate for the 2024 elections, Ralph Poku-Adusei to President Akufo-Addo and Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia who were both in Ejisu for the final funeral rites of the late John Kumah, former NPP MP for Ejisu constituency and deputy minister for finance.

Inauguration of Campaign team

The NPP Bekwai constituency officially launched its campaign team for the December elections on Wednesday, 3 April 2024, marking the beginning of an energetic push towards the upcoming elections. The inauguration ceremony saw a gathering of party faithful, supporters and officials determined to propel the governing party to victory in the upcoming general election.

The parliamentary candidate Ralph Poku-Adusei took centre stage during the inauguration. With passion and conviction, he spoke on the party’s aspirations, emphasising its commitment to bringing forth more development that will benefit the constituents and Ghanaians at large. The Bekwai Constituency is a safe seat for the New Patriotic Party (NPP). Political watchers say the emergence of an independent parliamentary candidate ahead of the 2024 polls can not change the status quo.

“The tradition is that the Bekwai constituency is predominantly an NPP Constituency, and this is a fact. If you look at the emergence of an independent candidate in 2008, you realise that there was little backing from the NPP then, and this time, that is not the case. This is an individual who just feels he can do it on his own…Once the person did not break away from the NPP currently, there shouldn’t be any problem,” Poku-Adusei remarked at the inaugural ceremony.

“Our preparation as a party has firmed up, and this time, the campaign framework will be effective. Even though there was a fierce contest during the parliamentary primaries the likes of Joe Osei-Wusu, whose preferred candidate did not win, are now supporting this course and as a united front, the target is to ensure that Bekwai NPP wins the upcoming general election”, Poku-Adusei further remarked.

The event was heavily attended by top party officials led by Regional Minister Simon Osei-Mensah. He used the occasion to advise the party faithful to stay united and support the party to ‘break the 8’.

Reporting by Wilberforce Asare in Accra

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