Meet Akufo-Addo’s appointees who are clamouring for various Parliamentary Seats (Pt1)

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As 2020 draws nigh, some appointees of the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo government have given indications of wanting to take up parliamentary seats in Ghana’s parliament. These appointees have through their actions and words given people ‘notifications’ that they shall be picking up forms to contest when the ruling New Patriotic Party opens nominations for parliamentary primaries later this year.

Below are some notable names and the constituency they are tightening their loins to vie for as has been put together by https://eveningmailgh.com.

Asenso Boakye-Bantama

Francis Asenso-Boakye is a Ghanaian administrator and businessman. He is the current political assistant of the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Ghana’s Deputy Chief of Staff. Asenso-Boakye is credited as the founding president of the Tertiary Education Students Confederacy(TESCON) of the NPP for the instrumental role he played in the establishment of TESCON which is regarded as the “Intellectual Wing’ of the party.

Asenso Boakye hails from Bantama in the Ashanti Region.

Asenso-Boakye for sometime now has been embarking on series of activities in the Bantama Constituency. He is often seen in Bantama branded lacoste and cap.

 

Bantama is a very key constituency for the successes of the NPP. In 2016, the constituency gave the president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo a whooping 51,696 votes representing 88.38% of the total vote cast in that constituency.

The seat is currently occupied by DANIEL OKYEM ABOAGYE of the same NPP.

Barring any last minute change of mind, The Evening Mail can confirm that Francis Asenso-Boakye shall be contesting the Bantama parliamentary seat.

 

Dr. Ibrahim Anyars – Tamale Central

Dr. Ibrahim Anyars Imoro is the Technical Advisor to the Vice President of Ghana, Dr. Mahamoud Bawumia. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Nation Builders Corp(NABCO).

In 2016, Dr. Anyars contested the Tamale Central seat garnering 25,230 representing 39.17% and losing to the NDC’s INUSAH ABDALAI FUSEINI.

Dr. Anyars has declared his intention to contest the seat again this year.

 

Micheal Okyere Baafi – New Juaben South Constituency

Michael Okyere Baafi is the Executive Secretary of the Ghana Free Zones Board. He is a politician and a businessman. Before his appointment, he was the Head of Sales and Marketing at the Phoenix Insurance. The Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK member hails from Koforidua in the New Juaben South Constituency.

In 2016, Mr. Baafi contested in the NPP Primaries losing to Dr. Mark Asibey Yeboah.

The New Juabeng South Seat is currently occupied by Dr. Asibey-Yeboah, Chairman of the Finance Committee of Parliament. Dr. Asibey-Yeboah polled 40,446 votes representing 66.25% of the total vote cast in the 2016 general election.

Mr. Baafi has declared his intention to contest and will be battling Dr. Asibey-Yeboah for the seat.

 

Kofi Ofosu -Asante Akyem

Kofi Ofosu Nkansah

Kofi Ofosu Nkansah is the Chief Executive Officer for the Accra Digital center. Mr. Nkansah has been one of the president’s leading activists on social media for long.

In 2017 the president appointed him as the CEO of the Accra Digital Centre, a facility with the capacity to create 10,000 direct and indirect jobs at affordable rates for start-ups and emerging ICT companies.

Kofi Ofosu comes from the Asante Akyem Central constituency. The seat is currently occupied by Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi, a veteran Lawmaker who has been in parliament since 2009.

The NPP led by Mr. Anyimadu-Antwi polled 27,557 votes representing 75.90% of the total vote cast in 2016.

Kofi Ofosu has declared his intention to contest the Asante Akyem Central seat.

 

Mustapha Ussif- Yagaba-Kubori

Mustapha Ussif is the Executive Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS). Mr. Ussif is a former Member of Parliament (MP) for the Yagaba-Kubori Constituency (Jan 2013- Jan 2017). The MBA in finance holder lost his seat in the 2016 general election to the NDC’s Abdul-Rauf Tanko Ibrahim. The NPP’s performance in the 2016 election in the Yagaba – Kubori constituency cannot be described as not encouraging. Whiles Mustapha Ussif polled 8,294 votes representing 42.89% of the total vote cast as against NDC’s Tanko Ibrahim’s 10,990 (56.83%) votes, the NPP’s presidential candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo polled 8,188 as against the NDC’s John Mahama’s 10,638.

Mustapha Ussif has declared his intention to re-contest the same seat again and hopefully regain it for the NPP.

 

Hassan Tampuli – Gushegu

Hassan Tampuli is a Public Administrator, lawyer, energy expert and the Chief Executive Officer of the National Petroleum Authority. Prior to the 2016 general election, he was a member of the NPP’s manifesto Subcommittee on Energy. He later became a member of the Transition Subcommittee on Energy following the NPP’s victory in the 2016 election.

Mr. Tampuli is from the Gushegu constituency in the Northern Region of Ghana. The Gushegu constituency seat is currently an NPP seat occupied by Dr. Iddi Ziblim who is also the Deputy Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts.

Unlike many of the appointees, Mr. Tampuli is yet to declare his intention for the seat. However checks by the eveningmailgh.com indicates that, baring any last minute change of plan, Mr. Tampuli will be contesting for the Gushegu constituency seat.

 

Lawrence Agyensam – Heman Lower Denkyira

Lawrence Agyensam is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Eximbank. Prior to his appointment as CEO of Ghana EXIM Bank, Lawrence was the CEO of Broadview Group, which consists of Broadview Trust, Broadview Capital and Broadview Consult.

He was the NPP’s Parliamentary Candidate in the Heman Lower Denkyira Constituency in the 2012 General election. He lost narrowly with just 31 votes difference to the NDC’s Forster Andoh who polled 13,178 votes as against his 13,147.

Mr. Agyensam contested the Parliamentary Primaries ahead of the 2016 general elections in which he lost to Mr. Bright Wereko-Brobbey, the current deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations.

Mr. Agyensem had earlier contested in the 2004 Parliamentary Primaries of the same constitueny in which he withdrew from the contest in protest propelling Reverend Ben Donkor, Presiding Member of then Twifo-Heman-Lower-Denkyira District Assembly, to run unopposed.

The Heman Lower Denkyira Constituency is a traditional seat for the NPP until the party lost the seat in 2012.

The seat is currently in the hands of the NPP’s Bright Werreko Brobbey who polled 15,043(58.40%) to whisk the seat from the NDC’s FOSTER JOSEPH ANDOH who polled 10,338 (40.14%) votes.

 

John Kumah – Ejisu constituency

John Ampontuah Kumah is a renowned Lawyer and an Entrepreneur. He is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan-NEIP. Before his appointment, Mr. Kumah was a member of the Young Patriots of Ghana, a group of young men and women who stood for the party whiles it was in opposition.

John Kuma comes from the Ejisu Constituency in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The Ejisu seat is currently in the hands of the NPP’s KWABENA OWUSU-ADUOMI who polled 54,508 (83.79%) in 2016.

John Kumah has declared intention to contest for the Ejisu seat.

Source: EveningMailGh.com

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