NPP Primaries: Napo makes 4th term bid for Manhyia South [Photos]


New Patriotic Party lawmaker Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh has filed his nomination papers to vie for a fourth term as MP for the Manhyia South Constituency.

Amid dancing and drumming, hundreds of delegates clad in party outfits bearing his portrait, joined the education minister at the party office near the Abbeys Park, a recreational centre in the constituency, as he presented bankers draft of 20,000gh cedis, passport pictures, CV and other requirements to complete his task.

Wearing a T-shirt with a cap, depicting an old schoolboy, the Manhyia-Palace royal with succinct words said he needed to accomplish all that was required of him to be a proper aspirant before the April 25 parliamentary primaries in the constituency.

Dr Napo, as the legislator is fondly called stressed that it was important that those who believe in the practice of democracy submit themselves to all processes that go with same.

‘’I came this afternoon to file my nomination and to fulfil my obligation as an aspirant of the NPP so that I can stand for the 25th April parliamentary contest in this constituency’’, Dr Napo calmly noted.


Speaking to the media after completing the filing process, the three-time MP indicated his desire to work for the retention of the NPP in power.

According to him, the longer the party stays in power the better for the people of the country as well as party members to secure jobs.

Dr Napo expressed appreciation to his constituents for the support they had shown him and asked that they continue to ensure together they work for the betterment of the NPP party.

Sounding emotional, the Education Minister said he was stunned at the enthusiasm shown by the party delegates and prayed for strength to serve them better in the ensuing years.

‘I am stunned at the enthusiasm shown by both party delegates and sympathizers and I pray that God supplies strength to us to serve them better in the years to come because our longevity in government would mean better progress for us as a people’’, Napo tearfully remarked.

Elections Committee

Accepting the nomination form of the MP, Haruna Alhassan, constituency and elections committee secretary commended Dr Napo for fulfilling the obligations of the party as an aspirant.

He revealed that since the opening of nominations by the party Dr Napo has been the only person to pick and to return forms to the elections committee.

Mr Alhassan stressed that no party or constituency executive can stop anyone from picking nomination forms, adding the office is open for anyone who is interested to do so.

‘’We as elections committee will go by the rules and regulations governing the picking, filing and conduct of parliamentary elections in this constituency and we are determined to have a smooth process in April 25’’, the secretary posited.

NPP Primaries slated for April 25

The ruling party will be electing a Presidential candidate on April 25, 2020 as Ghana goes to the polls this year.

Parliamentary candidates will also be elected the same day.

The party has earlier conducted primaries at some constituencies occupied by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

They have been christened “orphan constituencies”.

By Michael Ofosu Afriyie, Daily Mail GH

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