After failing on two different occasions to win the New Patriotic Party’s parliamentary ticket at Suhum, Bryan Acheampong, former unofficial chief of staff of defeated NPP chairman Jake Obetsebi Lamptey has pitched camp at the Abetifi constituency, both in the Eastern Region, Adomonline.com can report.
Mr Acheampong had contested twice against Hon. Opare Ansah and lost both times under acrimonious circumstances.
Sources at the Abetifi constituency say Brian has vowed to do whatever it takes, including promises of ‘interesting rewards’ to the delegates to ensure he wins the June 13, 2015 primary.
The Abetifi seat is currently held by the NPP’s Peter Wiafe Peprah, who is not seeking a return to parliament.
Four persons have been cleared to take part in the contest. They are Nicholas Asiedu Nyarko, Maame Afua Akoto, Bryan Acheampong and Daniel Amoafo.
However, Mr Acheampong’s campaigning appears to have hit a snag, with the delegates and residents of the Abetifi Constituency questioning why Mr Acheampong has abandoned the people of Suhum and now pitched camp in their constituency.
They are also challenging him to point out any projects or programmes he has executed in the area that show his vision for the constituency, apart from trying to construct a number of buildings at Nkwatia.
Reports say he has purchased a brand new Toyota Tundra vehicle and handed it over to some young men in the town to boost his campaign, but this has further infuriated the older delegates.
"We the constituents are calling on the delegates not to be swayed by money. Whoever thinks that they can throw money about and win the primaries is joking.
"We want people with vision and proven track record of being with us all these years, attending funerals, paying dues, helping us with health insurance and always visiting us,” Kwasi Obeng, a resident of Kwahu Tafo told Adomonline.com. Citing the recent public row between Bryan Acheampong and Hon Kennedy Agyapong, MP for Assin Central, over the proper use of resources such as motorbikes during the NPP’s 2012 election campaign, Kwasi Obeng vowed: “We are not going to accept just anybody on the Abetifi Parliamentary seat."
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