Scores of New Patriotic Party (NPP) delegates on Friday, February 7, 2020, filed nomination forms for Dr. Benjamin Armah Ashitey, to contest the Tema East Constituency parliamentary primaries.
Dr. Ben Ashitey is the nephew of the greater Accra regional minister, Hon. Ishmael Ashitey.
Should the party’s Vetting Committee approve Dr. Ben Ashitey to contest the primaries on April 25, he would go toe-to-toe with the incumbent Member of Parliament for the area, Hon. Titus Nii Kwatei Glover, who is also the deputy minister for transport.
This is not the first time Dr. Ben Ashitey is making an attempt at the Tema East parliamentary slot.
In the 2015 primaries, Dr. Ben Ashitey contested the then incumbent Titus Glover, but however lost to the incumbent. Titus Glover polled 329 votes to beat his main challenger Benjamin Armah Ashietey who polled 284 votes to retain his bid to contest in the 2016 elections.
His uncle who is the current greater Accra regional minister served as Member of Parliament for Tema East from 1996 to 2008.
Most of the party delegates and supporters are in some discord with the incumbent MP, whom they feel is snobbish and arrogant.
In view of this, majority of delegates and supporters of the NPP have thrown their weight behind Ben Ashitey, whose popularity keeps soaring in the constituency according to the the delegates who spoke to the media.
Addressing delegates and supporters who thronged the party’s office in Tema Newton to support his bid, Dr. Ben Ashitey expressed concern over the seeming disunity in the constituency over the past four years.
“Factionalism in the party in the constituency sought to be driving many of its sympathisers to the opposite side. I’m coming strongly to unite the party for a resounding victory in the 2020 general elections and beyond” Ben Ashitey stated.
While admitting the contest would be a tough one, Dr. Ben Ashitey said he was hopeful the delegates would give him the mandate come April 25, this year.
Dr. Ben Ashitey hinted that his quest to see formidable policy formulation and implementation would be the sole guide for him going into the primaries and the general election should he succeed.
The Tema East NPP constituency secretary , Nene Sackitey, who received the forms urged delegates and aspirants to do clean and insult free campaign to sell the party well going into 2020 general elections.
The New Patriotic Party has slated April 25, 2020, to elect the remainder of its parliamentary candidates.