Member of Parliament for the Bantama Constituency, Daniel Okyem Aboagye has said he is unperturbed by calls by some delegates of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on Francis Asenso-Boakye, a Deputy Chief of Staff to contest him in the upcoming parliamentary primaries of the party in 2019.
The first time legislator says he “will not cry if he hands his seat to Asenso-Boakye”, a young man he has personally contributed to nurturing his academic and political life, though his current position as a Deputy Chief of Staff places him at a higher pedestal in the NPP and government.
“I know Asenso-Boakye very well, some of us taught him to become who he is today; he is a senior in government but when he comes to this constituency, he is a small boy”, Hon Okyem Aboakye told a gathering of the assembly members in the Bantama Sub-Metro in Kumasi on Friday.
The Hon Daniel Okyem Aboagye was an invited guest at a brief ceremony to hand over some 200 units of street light bulbs donated to the Bantama Sub-Metro by Mr Asenso-Boakye upon an appeal to him by all the eight assemblymen in the Bantama Constituency, to help them rid the area of darkness, which has become the fuel for the growing cases of armed robbery in the suburbs.
This is the third time Mr Asenso-Boakye has made a donation to the Bantama Sub-Metro since he assumed his post at the Jubilee House, a gesture many have interpreted to be a reflection of his interest to oust Hon Daniel Okyem Aboagye to represent Bantama in Parliament in 2021.
Addressing the gathering which included the Mayor of Kumasi, Osei-Assibey Antwi and some party faithful, the MP who snatched the seat from Henry Kwabena Kokofu who had served only one term in Parliament said the Bantama Constituency can only get its fair share of the national cake when its MPs are guaranteed “stability” at the post.
“Bantama MPs cannot always be back-benchers, though we contribute some of the largest chunks of votes for the NPP at every election; our MPS, like the NPP government need at least 20 years at the job in order to bring about the massive development we all hope for”, he said.
Rumours are rife within the rank and file of the NPP in the Bantama Constituency that, the Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr Francis Asenso Boakye has plans of unseating the current MP at the upcoming parliamentary primaries in 2019, but Hon Okyem Aboagye told the gathering that, “I have spoken with Asenso and he says he has no plans of coming”.
“You are the same people who are calling on him to come and contest me, otherwise he has no such plans”, he chastised the gathering, adding that, “I will have no problems handing over to him, though he is not ripe yet for the seat”.
The assembly members who received the gifts were full of praises for the Deputy Chief of Staff for his swift response though their appeal was made rather belatedly, after their requests to the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) and the Member of Parliament fell on deaf ears.
The Bantama MP, Hon. Daniel Okyem Aboagye pledged to foot the bills for the fixing of the bulbs with part of his share of the MPs Common Fund.
By: Edward Amagyei Naaso//ABNGHANA.COM