The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has been thrown into a state of intense murmurings on the propriety of a serving officer Mr. E.K. Osei who has decided to contest the internal parliamentary primaries of the governing New Patriotic Party in the Aowin Constituency.
Mr. Osei, who is currently Assistant Commissioner of CEPS in charge of Elubo defied the odds last week by declaring his parliamentary ambitions. His camp maintains that his decision to contest is as a result of intense pressure from residents in the constituency.
Mr. Osei’s slogan-“YEEKAY-SELFLESS AND DEDICATED LEADERSHIP” is said to have riveted and jostled political establishments and interests groups within the Aowin Constituency.
Most importantly, his colleagues currently serving in the CEPS establishment have taken the debate to an all-time high. While many have described his declaration without resigning from the service as improper, others said he has the freedom to engage in electioneering process to serve his people.
Ghanacrusader approached the headquarters of the Ghana Revenue Authority to have an official reaction on Mr. Osei’s political ambitions and a response is yet to come from Commissioner Kofi Nti.
Many are calling for Mr. Osei to be sacked from the service since CEPS is apolitical.
Mr. Osei is perhaps one of the pioneering officers to declare parliamentary ambitions while still at post. Mr. Nelson Abudu, who was a senior CEPS officer at Tema resigned his post to contest the Daboya seat in the northern region on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2012 elections.
Last week, the Ghana Police Service received same news when Executive Secretary to the Inspector-General, Mr. Peter Lanchene Toobu resigned his post and picked nomination forms to contest the NDC parliamentary primaries in Wa West.
Obviously, there must be something magnetically good in politics for serving officers of Ghana’s security and state apparatus to ditch their jobs in order to contest elections. And more shocking political declarations may follow!