Members of Parliament for Cape Coast North and Cape Coast South are accusing the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) of using security forces, including thugs, to intimidate Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly (CCMA) members perceived to be members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), in order to confirm the president’s nominee for Chief Executive.
According to Cape Coast South MP Kweku George Ricketts-Hagan and Cape Coast North MP Kwamena Mintah Nyarku, the NPP has prepared a number of strategies to achieve Ernest Arthur’s confirmation.
After being renominated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the 2020 NPP Parliamentary Candidate for Cape Coast South failed again to garner a two-thirds majority support from assembly members.
Mr Arthur, often known as Mayor 1, needed only four votes in a second vote on his renomination to be confirmed Chief Executive on Wednesday, October 6.
Even an impassioned gesture by Central Region Minister Marigold Assan, however, will not persuade certain assembly members to vote for him.
Several reports also came up after Mr. Ernest Arthur’s second rejection. NDC’s Ricketts-Hagan was accused of masterminding the defeat of the President’s nominee.
“There is no law in the constitution that the President should re-present or renominate the candidate. However, the President in his prerogative can renominate a failed nominee,” former Deputy Finance Minister Ricketts-Hagan admitted.
Speaking to press on Monday, October 11, the day initially anticipated for the third and final voting, the two NDC MPs said Mr Arthur’s two rejections are a clear sign that he is not wanted as mayor by the good people of Cape Coast.
“Mr Ernest Arthur has been nominated twice and twice have the people of Cape Coast rejected him through their assembly representatives. Cape Coast has refused emphatically for Mr Ernest Arthur to be their MCE after four or almost five years to continue as MCE and the assembly has reflected these sentiments of the people they represent.”
According to the MP for Cape Coast North, Hon. Dr. Kwamena Mintah Nyarku, they will make sure that nothing less than free and fair elections happens in Cape Coast as the assembly members prepare to vote for the third time in an attempt to confirm the President’s nominee.