There are reports that some party elders in the Ashanti Region are highly upset by President Akufo-Addo’s alleged meddling in the party’s upcoming congress.
Sources say some Members of Parliament, including the Majority Leader, Osei-Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu have had cause to complain about the modus operandi of the presidency, working to favour certain persons vying for various positions in the region.
Asempanews.com understands, Osei-Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu and former Obuase East MP, Edward Ennin, are particularly displeased by the machinations of the president.
It is widely believed that the Mr Ennin’s decision to pick up forms to contest Chairman Wontumi after Asare-Bediako stepped down was thwarted by elements purported to be working for the presidency.
Suggestions are that Robert Asare-Bediako received huge inducements from the presidency before deciding to step down for Chairman Wontumi in the race for the Ahanti Regional chairmanship position of the NPP.
Asare-Bediako, in media interviews, added that his withdrawal from the race was done in the interest of the party.
The president, our source said, was desperate to see Wontumi go unopposed and faulted party executives in the region for not blocking Asare-Bediako’s intent right from the onset.
Insiders say the president’s display of opulence and abuse of power have irked some party heavyweights in the region, including some Members of Parliaments, who believe that the action of the president could compromise party cohesion in the region.
It is roundly suggested that Wontumi’s hawkish and hardline approach towards addressing party disputes and disagreements over the years have not gone done well with some party elders and were bent on voting him out in the coming regional congress.
Asare-Bediako’s hasty decision to accept the president’s largesse has also been noticed by his followers, who have sworn to “teach him political lessons” in future.