A group of disappointed supporters of the governing New Patriotic Party in the Nzema East municipality who embarked on a demonstration exercise on Sunday to demand the retention of the incumbent Municipal Chief Executive, Frank Okpenyen, have asked the party to come for its logistics as they would not work or campaign for the NPP again in next general elections.
Their disappointment comes after President Nana Akufo-Addo replaced Frank Okpenyen, with Dorcas Elizabeth Amoah.
Speaking to Citi News at Axim, Dorothy Quayson, an aggrieved supporter of the NPP said the President’s nomination is only being celebrated by supporters of the National Democratic Congress hence they can no longer work with the party.
“NPP supporters are sad or not jubilating in Evalue-Ajomoro-Gwira after the President’s nomination because President Nana Akufo-Addo didn’t listen to our plight. It is the NDC supporters who are celebrating the nominee. We know what is happening here and we said the lady nominee campaigned against NPP. In fact, the nominee is both NDC and NPP. Right now, it is the NDC MP and his supporters who are celebrating the President’s nominee. Nana Akufo-Addo will finish his term by 2024 so whoever will come after him will have to come and do his campaign here. We, the Evalue-Ajomoro-Gwira residents wouldn’t work for NPP again since they want to hand over the seat to the NDC, and they managed to achieve that with the NDC taking the [parliamentary] seat”, she said.
Maame Esi, another disappointed Axim NPP supporter, blamed the sacking of the MCE, popularly called Franko on his association with Catherine Afeku, former Minister of Tourism.
“I’m so sad now. Their action is a clear sign that they want to uproot Catherine Afeku from this town. We don’t have anything to say again. However, they should be careful with what they are doing. They should ask the Dorcas lady they have nominated if she has ever voted in Nzema East before. We know their decision is because of his support to Catherine Afeku,” she said.
For Western Region, out of the 14 MMCEs, half were replaced with new ones.
The new MMDCEs are Ahanta West, Shama, Nzema East, Amenfi East, Amenfi West, Jomoro, Wassa East.
Out of the seven that were changed, only Wilson Arthur of Wassa East did not apply to be maintained.
Two nominees, Luisa Iris Arde of Jomoro and Dorcas Elizeberth Amoah of Nzema East are females.