Adansi Asokwa Member of Parliament for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Kwabena Tahir (KT) Hammond has lashed out at the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the governing party, Bernard Antwi Boasiako popularly known as Chairman Wontumi for supporting an aspiring parliamentary candidate for the party in that constituency who in the view of Mr Hammond is not qualified to contest.
Furious KT Hammond told Accra 100.5FM’s parliamentary correspondent, Richard Appiah Sarpong in an interview on Tuesday, 10 March 2020 that when he was helping to establish the NPP in the past Chairman Wontumi was nowhere to be found.
His comment comes on the back of claims by Chairman Wontumi that he will ensure Mr Sammy Binfoh Dakwa is allowed to contest Mr Hammond.
“Antwi Boasiako does nothing good for the party. When I KT Hammond was part of the founding fathers of the NPP where was he? I have been moving with President Akufo-Addo since 1996. Even when he wasn’t the President, I called him Mr President and so Wontumi should not think he is a darling boy of the president than me.
“We have seen better Ashanti regional chairmen like Antoh. Who are you to allow disqualified aspirants?” Mr Hammond asked.
He added: “The person (Sammy Binfoh Dakwa) is not disqualified and I will fight him to any level. Twenty years the guy is not known in the constituency and this boy Antwi Boasiako said he will ensure he is allowed to contest. Who is he to say that?
“I have said that anybody who is qualified should be allowed to contest but not when the person is not qualified.”
The NPP is preparing to elect its parliamentary candidates in April as part of preparations for the general elections on 7 December.