October 17, 2021

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Juaben rejects MCE nominee, blames Wontumi for handpicking an ‘illiterate’

There seems to be an interesting development in the Ashanti region over the confirmation of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives(MMDCEs) in some areas.

The voting process which began on Monday, September 27, 2021 has witnessed massive endorsement in some District and Municipal Assemblies, while others have been totally rejected. A development, some describe as unprecedented.

One of the Municipalities whose candidate suffered massive defeat is Juaben. Mr Alex Sarfo Kantanka, the President’s nominee out of a total of 26 votes, had 20 voting NO, representing 77%, while 6 voted YES, representing 23%.

According to mypurefmonline.com reporter, Ama Animah Amoako, some of the Assembly members blamed the defeat on the Ashanti regional chairman of the New Patriotic Party(NPP), Mr Antwi Bosiako-known as Chairman Wontumi for handpicking what they describe as an ‘illiterate’.

One of our sources within the Assembly (name withheld) claims the nominee is not a unifier.

According to the source, he sponsored the defeat of some Assembly members some time ago, and to them it is payback time.

Another source who gave his name as wofa Kwasi said:

“It is no news that he has been rejected. If you have the likes of Wontumi forcing people on us, this is the result you get. If the NPP led by the President allows this to continue, the end results will reflect in the 2024 elections.” He stressed.

A section of the Assembly members who disagrees with the decision has called on the president to intervene, hence they advise themselves.

Notoriety of MCE rejection

Ejisu-Juaben is known to be notorious for rejecting president’s nominees even efore Ejisu and Juaben were divided with each gaining Municipal status.

In May 2017, Assembly members in the Ejisu-Juaben Municipality rejected the President’s nominee, Madam Beatrice Serwaa Derkyi as she failed to secure two-thirds majority of the votes.
She, therefore, became one of those to have been rejected by assembly members in the Ashanti Region as chief executive nominees.

In former President John Dramani Mahama’s administration, the then appointee, Mr Kwaku Afrifa Yamoah-Ponko, was rejected by assembly members.
Not even his second and third nominations by the President would make the assembly members endorse him.

Other rejected MMDCEs

In Atwima Nwabiagya South, the President’s re-nominated Municipal Chief Executive, Mr Awuku Amoah pulled 19 votes out of 31 total vote cast. Voting in this Municipality was conducted amid tension and petitions against the nominee.

In Kwabre East, the newly nominated constituency chairman, Mr Opoku Agyemang Bonsu, out of 43 votes cast pulled 27. Fifteen (15) Assembly members voted against him with 1 rejected ballot.

All Assembly members have 10 days to embark on another election to either confirm or reject these nominees.