10 January 2013

Ghana: Gripe Over Owusu Ankomah's Absence ... At Mahama's Swearing-in

Takoradi — VOTERS in the Sekondi Constituency in the Western Region have descended heavily on their sitting Members of Parliament (MP) for failing to comply with their directives.

According to the Sekondi voters, they had specifically issued out warnings and pieces of advice to their sitting MP to attend the investiture of President John Mahama on Monday, but the MP defied them.

The MP for the Sekondi constituency is Papa Owusu Ankomah. He had been elected on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), which rejected the presidential election results and ordered its members to boycott the Mahama inauguration.

Kweku Sagoe, one of the instigators, explained that he and the voters in Sekondi constituency had "written to Papa Owusu Ankomah, instructing him to attend the investiture of John Mahama," but the MP failed to comply with their directives.

"As a result, we are going to put his head on the chopping block to expose his disloyalty to the electorate of the constituency", Kweku Sagoe said, adding that for failing to abide by their instruction, their MP had shown that he did not respect his electorate.

Throwing more light on the issue on Kyzz FM, Kweku Sagoe explained that the electorate decided to write the letter to their MP, instructing him to be present at the investiture. He said they decided to do that to test their MP and find out if he has the people of Sekondi at heart.

According to him, for their MP to disregard their plea and tow the line of his NPP party's boycott of the investiture of John Mahama, in contravention of what the electorate of Sekondi had ordered him to do, speaks volumes of an MP who does not respect the views of his electorate.

For this reason, they do not recognize Papa Owusu Ankomah as their MP. But Papa Owusu Ankomah in his response explained that his decision to defy the advice and warnings from the electorate of Sekondi constituency and to attend the investiture of John Mahama could not be equated to disrespect of his electorate.

According to him, it was not his sole decision to defy the electorate, but the party on which he stood to win the seat had taken a stand not to attend the investiture. As a result, he could not be faulted for defying his electorate's directive to attend the investiture.

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