I have no hand in Manaf Ibrahim’s suspension

The Ashanti Regional Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr. Samuel Pyne revealed that he has no hand in the deliberations leading to the suspension of Manaf Ibrahim, a parliamentary candidate aspirant in the Asawase Constituency.

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The party’s Regional Executive Committee (REC) had in a
resolution stated that there would be no parliamentary primaries in three (3)
Orphan Constituencies in the region a decision that was fiercely resisted.

Speaking about the development, the NPP scribe said “I am not the one who brought the idea. It the party Regional Executive Committee (REC) so you cannot hold responsible for anything”, he revealed on Kumasi FM’s morning show hosted by Nana Yaw Mensah Joel monitored by MyNewsGh.com.

At a meeting of the Regional Executive Committee of the
party held on Monday, 29th July, 2019, the Regional Executive Committee (REC),
after thorough and exhaustive deliberations, unanimously declared that, the
three(3) Orphan Constituencies in the region shall sponsor the candidatures of
Hon. Alidu Seidu, MCE- Asokore Mampong, Hon. Salisu Bamba, MCE – Ejura
Sekyeredumasi and Hon. Joseph Owusu, DCE – Sekyere Afram Plains as sole candidates
for the Asawasi, Ejura Sekyeredumasi and Sekyere Afram Plains respectively.

“By NPP party Constitution, I suppose to ensure that
whatever decision the party takes, I sign and bring them out for public
consumption but that does not mean I the person responsible for such communication”,
Mr. Samuel Pyne who wrote the letter revealed.

Subsequently, the  Director of Political Affairs at the
Presidency, Manaf Ibrahim who showed interest in contesting in the Asawase
Constituency, purchased forms and went through vetting was in a dramatic
suspended by the party.

Though he has since taken the matter up with the appeals committee of the party, the Regional Chairman of the party, Bernard Antwi Boasiako alias Chairman Wontumi and his Secretary, Sam Pyne insists he cannot contest.

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“I have heard all the insults but I am innocent”,
Mr. Samuel Pyne bemoaned during a telephone interview insisting Mr. Manaf
Ibrahim is still on suspension for insulting the party leadership in the region
for that matter, he cannot contest the Asawase NPP parliamentary primaries.

Source: MyNewsGh.com/Stephen Zoure/2019

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