I can’t work with independent candidates – Akufo-Addo

The President of the Republic and flag bearer of the ruling New Patriotic Party, Akufo-Addo has sent out a caution to persons who have withdrawn from the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and have filed as independent Parliamentary candidates for the upcoming general elections.

Addressing the people of the Ahafo Ano constituencies in the Ashanti Region on Wednesday, the President stressed that his work as President requires support and unflinching loyalty from the people he works with.

In his opinion, owing to their break-away from the Party, independent candidates cannot fully commit themselves to the mandate of the party.

In addition, individuals who go contrary to the party’s principles and rules show they are not genuine party members and have no love for the NPP and for that matter, he cannot work with independent candidates.

His comments come after a member of the Party, Kwabena Osei Bonsu filed as an independent candidate in the Ahafo Ano North constituency.

According to the President, Mr Bonsu declined an invitation from him to the Jubilee House to address his concerns.
“Anybody who stands as an independent candidate is not a devoted supporter of the NPP, especially when I have called on you and you refused to honour my invitation that means you have no respect for me and I can’t work with people who have no respect for me,” he said.
The President then called on residents of the area to vote massively for the current MP adding that, Mr Sanid Suleman Adamu is someone he can comfortably work with.

Speaking to journalists, some residents and party members have criticised Mr Bonsu for not honouring the President’s invitation describing it as a sign of disrespect.

Some others also do not agree with the policies that Mr Bonsu is promising.



Joseph Asare, a freelance journalist, a blogger and loves the internet

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