Suspended New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary aspirant for the Asawase Constituency in the Ashanti region, Manaf Ibrahim, is threatening to go independent if the regional executives insist on the suspension.
He warned if he receives the least encouragement to go independent he will not hesitate to hit the highway on his own.
Manaf Ibrahim, a Director of Political Affairs at the Presidency, was suspended from the Asawase NPP parliamentary primary by the Regional Executive Committee for allegedly allowing his supporters to insult them.
He was also alleged to have violated the party’s rules and regulations and showing gross disrespect to the party’s top hierarchy in the region.
Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bernard Antwi Boasiako alias Chairman Wontumi, who confirmed this on a Kumasi-based radio station, indicated that Manaf Ibrahim is no longer a member in good standing and cannot therefore contest in the forthcoming parliamentary primary of the party for orphan constituencies.
The chairman indicated that the Manaf sidestepped a decision by the party in the region and allowed some candidates to contest unopposed at the primaries, noting that the directive was in sharp contravention of the rules and regulations of the party’s constitution.
The Political Affairs director therefore picked his nomination forms and filed at the NPP headquarters, which reportedly angered chairman Wontumi leading to the suspension.
Manaf Ibrahim, in sharp retort to his suspension on the same radio station, Pure Fm, rejected the decision.
According to him, Sam Pyne and Chairman Wontumi should be blamed for confusion in the Ashanti NPP because they have taken favours from some aspirants and are trying to push him out of the contest.
He said, “What people don’t know is that there have been machinations to impress on me to rescind my decision to contest Hon. Alidu Seidu in the upcoming primaries.”
“How does the NPP then expect to win the elections now that they claim to suspend me?”
“If my people advise me to go independent, I won’t hesitate,” he warned.