President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said any parliamentary candidate, who has broken away to contest as an independent candidate is not a true member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and should be rejected in the December polls.
Speaking to party supporters at Tepa as part of his tour to the Ashanti Region, Nana Akufo-Addo said: “Anybody who is contesting as an independent candidate cannot be a die-hard member of the NPP. If you’re an NPP you can’t contest independently.
“Especially when you refuse to honour my invitation over the issue then it means you don’t regard me [Akufo-Addo], and I can’t work with someone who doesn’t respect me.”
The President said this while introducing the sitting Member of Parliament for Ahafo Ano North Sanid Suleman to the gathering and soliciting for votes for him.
Some aggrieved NPP parliamentary aspirants have resorted to contesting independently despite several attempts by the party hierarchy to rescind their decision.
In the case of the Ahafo Ano North Constituency, Kwabena Osei-Bonsu, a member of the NPP, broke away from the party to contest the sitting MP.
He was unable to contest in the NPP parliamentary primaries and has, therefore, declared his intention to go as an independent candidate.