NPP will lose Tema West seat if Naa Torshie wins primary – Ephson

The New Patriotic Party will lose the Tema West seat in 2016 if incumbent Member of Parliament for the area Irene Naa Torshie Addo is maintained ahead of next year’s election, pollster Ben Ephson has predicted.

The NPP is set to hold its primary in the Tema West constituency this Saturday, 25 July, after the clearance of a candidate for the primary, Mr Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah, by the party’s National Appeals Committee (NAC) to contest the primary.

The Committee, chaired by Mr Felix Owusu-Adjapong, a former Majority Leader in Parliament, found a petition filed by Ms Addo praying for Mr Ahenkorah’s disqualification as frivolous.

Speaking on Wednesday, Ephson said the decision by some party bigwigs such as Dan Botwe of Okere, Henry Quartey of Ayawaso Central, Atta Akyea of Abuakwa South, Daniel Titus-Glover of Tema East, as well as a former General Secretary of the NPP, Mr Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie, popularly known as Sir John to besiege the constituency and campaign for Naa Torshie sows seeds of apathy and division in the party.

“Following what these party elders did, if I’m a supporter of Carlos Ahenkorah and Mrs Amoako who are the other contestants, do you expect me to wake up at 4am to queue and vote for Nana Torshie in 2016 should she win the primary? Their supporters will vote for Nana and vote for Carlos if he should decides to go independent or better still they may decide to vote another parliamentary candidate to split the NPP’s votes”.

“Naa Torshie should remember that she became the MP after she fought and won a bitter contest against the then Majority Leader, Abraham Osei Aidoo, a development that did not auger well for the party”.

“Naa Toshie won in 2008 by over 8,000 votes, however, in 2012 she won by just less than a 1,000 votes, that should tell her something, this division that is being deepened by such favoritism is sure to cost the NPP the Tema West seat. The party’s research team should wake up and work on this issue” Mr Ephson told Fiifi Banson.