Disqualified NPP Parliamentary aspirant goes independent

Joseph Damtse

Mr Joseph Kofi Damtse, a disqualified Parliamentary Aspirant of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Assin South Constituency, has declared his intention to go independent.

He attributed his decision to a grand scheme orchestrated by some big-wigs of the Party to deny him the chance to contest Rev. John Ntim Fodjour, the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP).

Mr Damtse told the Ghana News Agency that the resolve by the Party executives to protect the sitting MP has grossly affected Party unity and cohesion among the rank and file.

“Some so-called faceless big-men within the Party I have toiled and supported for decades think I don’t deserve to represent them in Parliament, hence their unflinching determination to disqualify me at all cost.”

“I am ready to contest as independent candidate, after all they say I am not a member of the Party for reasons best known to them,” he said.

Again, he was worried that the Party had failed woefully to officially inform him of the reasons for his unjustifiable disqualification having contested in the Parliamentary primaries since the year 2008.

“I am disappointed that my Party, believed to be the icon of democracy in Ghana has failed woefully to officially inform me about the reasons for my disqualification”.

Outlining his strategy to win the seat, the disqualified Parliamentary Aspirant who lost the 2016 primaries narrowly to the sitting MP, said he was bent on galvanizing massive grassroot support for a landslide electoral victory in the 2020 polls.

In addition to that he was working assiduously to identify dedicated sympathisers and galvanise their support and involvement to win the seat.

“Considering the tremendous work I am doing at the grassroot level to attract more floating voters as well as members of other political parties to my fold, I am confident of winning the seat.

Mr Damtse was full of praise for the Party supporters who have declared their support for him to contest and urged them to continually support him to improve their well-being.

According to him, his priority was to place the wellbeing of the people far above partisan politics and continually seek their interest.
He called on Ghanaians to change their voting pattern to effect the desired structural transformation of the economy to bridge the widening gap between the rich and the poor.

Mr Damtse urged Party members to desist from inflammatory statements, acrimony and rancour to maintain the peace within the Party.

He urged all members to eschew all bitterness and anger irrespective of their individual or collective differences, close their ranks and unite with all and work to win the seat.

Source: GNA

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