Why Are Akufo-Addo And The NPP “So Afraid” Of Kwabena Aduomi In The Ejisu By-Election?

Usually, the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) would have an easy time winning any election in the Ashanti Region. The Ejisu Constituency parliamentary by-election, meanwhile, is showing itself to be an anomaly. John Kumah, the area’s late former Member of Parliament (MP), is being replaced by an election.

Leading NPP members and government officials, such as President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and NPP Flagbearer Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, have expressed concerns in their speeches and mannerisms that indicate the party may be afraid of losing the Ejisu seat for the first time since the 4th republic’s founding.

 

The NPP’s primary worry is that, should it lose the Ejisu seat, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) will gain a majority in parliament, greatly impeding the government’s ability to go forward with its legislative agenda.

Even more intriguing is the fact that Kwabena Owusu Aduomi, a former deputy minister appointed by Akufo-Addo and a three-time NPP MP, is the one causing the ruling political party these “parliamentary” issues rather than the NDC.

Aduomi is running as an independent in the primaries.

The following could explain why the NPP is “so afraid” of Aduomi:

 

The Curse Of The Independent Candidate:

The NPP may be particularly worried about Aduomi’s candidacy due to two previous instances in which the party lost Ashanti Region parliamentary elections to influential party members who defected to run as independents.

The most recent example occurred in the 2020 election when the party lost to current Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament Andrew Asiamah Amoako, who ran as an independent after leaving the NPP.

 

Asiamah Amoako was the NPP’s representative for Fomena in the 7th Parliament from 2017 to 2020. She left the party after the party’s primaries. Asiamah Amoako comfortably won the seat for the area in spite of the full government apparatus and the NPP campaign against him, with President Akufo-Addo threatening not to work with him if the people of Fomena voted for him.

When he ran as an independent in the 2008 general election, Joseph Osei-Owusu, the current First Deputy Speaker of Parliament and NPP MP for the Bekwai Constituency, also defeated the NPP MP for Amansie East.

 

Leading member of the John Agyekum Kufuor administration Osei-Owusu made the decision to run as an independent when he was rejected in the NPP primary for Amansie East and accusations that the process was corrupted went unanswered.

The Aduomi Record:

Kwabena Owusu Aduomi has a very rich past in his constituency and shared Osei-Owusu and Asiamah Amoako’s motivation for declaring independence.

Aduomi is a three-time NPP member of parliament representing Ejisu and a former deputy minister of roads and highways. In the Seventh Parliament (2017–2021), Sixth Parliament (2013–2016), and Fifth Parliament (2009–2012), he served as the constituency’s representative. The percentages by which he won the elections are much more fascinating.

 

With 82.34% of the vote in 2008, 80.50% in 2012, and 82.38% in 2016, he won the election. This demonstrates how much the people of Ejisu still love him despite the fact that he lost the 2020 NPP primary to the late John Kumah, which he said was fixed and the reason he became an independent.

Akufo-Addo refuted the assertion that Aduomi was in charge of several of the main roads built in the Ejisu Constituency, claiming that no road is built in Ghana without his consent.

Ashanti Breaking With The NPP:

 

The people of the Ashanti Region, who constitute the party’s “World Bank,” are currently dissatisfied with the performance of the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo administration, which is another reason the NPP may be fearful of losing to Aduomi.

Protests against the government’s inability to complete the renovation of the Kumasi Central Market and upgrade the region’s road system have occurred.
The continuous unstable power supply issue (dumsor) has had a significant negative impact on the Ashanti Region as well. In Kumasi, there was a large-scale demonstration against the severity of the dumsor in the area.

 

Furthermore, according to recent polls, nearly 30% of NPP supporters in the Ashanti Region indicate they will not cast an NPP ballot in the forthcoming election on December 7, 2024.

 

 

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