Dokua eyes Okaikwei North as Sammi Awuku claims Akuapem North with ease

In the build-up to the 2024 elections, the Member of Parliament of Akuapem North and a former Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Nana Ama Dokua Asiamah-Adjei, has withdrawn from the Akuapem North constituency elections with her eyes currently set on the Okaikwei constituency.

Dokua is the very first female parliamentarian for the constituency, who had persistently conquered all odds. In her contest since 2016 for the seat, an independent candidate had been sponsored to deflate her margins yet she emerged victorious.

The Director-General of the National Lottery Authority (NLA) and a former National Organizer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Sammi Awuku, has received the backing of the traditional authorities in his bid to lead the party in the 2024 Akuapem North parliamentary elections.

Rooting for Sammi Awuku

Recently, endorsing his bid was the Mampong Akuapem Apesemakahene, Nana Yirenkyi I, who asserted that the people of Akuapem North need no other person than Mr. Sammi Awuku.

Speaking to the media, the chief noted that the aspiring parliamentary candidate will easily win the nod and represent the constituency in Parliament, saying “we’re for Sammi Awuku, if he stands today he’ll win”.

To the people who have been allegedly nailing the NLA Director General, Nana Yirenkyi I further stated that their efforts would hit the rocks.

“Sammi Awuku is the one who the chiefs and people in Akuapem North need. In any case, the Akuapem North seat is not anybody’s property; you can contest, campaign, and when you are voted for, you do what you can do, so stop the attacks. Look, the people are for Sammi Awuku. If he stands today, he will secure the votes he needs. We know those people who are launching this kind of hate campaign and false allegations against Sammi; we know those behind these false stories, and we are ready for them,” the chief said.

Support for Akuapem North

Mr Awuku has indicated that until the NPP opens nominations for parliamentary primaries, he will continue to support the Member of Parliament for Akuapem North Constituency, Nana Ama Dokua Asiamah Adjei.

In an interview on Asempa FM, he noted that he will not declare any form of interest in the seat to destabilise the current government.

But according to him, he will make his attentions known when the party opens nominations, adding that “so until then, I am supporting the Member of Parliament and the Chief Executive to ensure that they succeed”.

He revealed that when nominations are opened, he will consult his appointing authority among others before officially declaring his intentions.

“Before I go into elections, I do three things, I listen, I ask and check for myself if the grounds are fertile enough for me before I go in for the contest. If the grounds are not conducive for me, I will not go in to waste my money,” he stressed.

On his chances in case he vies for the position, Mr. Awuku said elections are not a straight jacket and need a lot of work to ensure victory. “I don’t think so. It’s a contest. There is no easy election, you will work for the vote,” he indicated.

It could be recalled that even before the party considered plans towards its internal elections, a youth group within the NPP in Akwapim North Constituency, had subtly ‘launched’ the parliamentary bid of Sammi Awuku.

Parliamentary primaries

Meanwhile, a press release dated April 3, 2023 and signed by the NPP General Secretary, Justin Kodua Frimpong, announced that nominations for parliamentary primaries in orphan constituencies will open on June 16, 2023 and close on July 14, 2023. The elections will subsequently be held form Tuesday August 1 to Saturday December 2, 2023.

On constituencies where the party has sitting members of Parliament, the NPP says it will open nominations on Wednesday December 20, 2023 and close same on Thursday January 4, 2024. The elections will then be held on Saturday February 24, 2024


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