I've been misconstrued... I never asked to go unopposed – NPP Minority Leader clarifies

Speaking to the media at a press conference in Kumasi, the minority leader said he was misconstrued.

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Member of Parliament for Suame constituency who doubles as the Minority Leader in parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu, has vehemently denied media reports that he sought to ask the leadership of New Patriotic Party (NPP) to put in place a policy that will prevent any party member from challenging him in the party’s primaries.

Speaking to the media at a press conference in Kumasi, the minority leader said he was misconstrued.

"I have never made such remarks...my explanation when questioned by a journalist has been wrongly misconstrued”, he noted.

Explaining what he really meant, the outspoken politician said, "I was only trying to explain a point to the party leadership to take an introspection at how the party has fared with the absence of some key former members of parliament. As at now we are spending millions of Ghana cedis to organize workshop for some over 60 new MPs to enable them build their capacity as members of parliament, so if we should continue this way it will affect the party, so I was asking the leadership of the party to put it into thinking in the future”.

Honourable Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu is reported to have called on his party to come to his rescue by instituting a policy which would disallow people from contesting him. He is said to have raised a concern as to why Minority leaders in 2000 and 2004 were allowed to go unopposed through the intervention of the party’s leader, President John Kufuor but subsequent Minority leaders including him have been left to their fate.

Below are excerpts from his interview as reported by citifmonline.com

“What I do know is that in 2000, some people descended on JH Mensah, the party came to protect him because he was the Minority leader and it cannot be done. In 2004, the same thing happened to Felix Owusu Agyapong and the President at the time called people, invited them to the castle and resolved this matter”

“Unfortunately, when it happened to Osei Adu, nobody came to his rescue and it’s happening to Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu – it’s like let him fight his own cause. That is my concern”

“As Minority leader, anybody can come from nowhere and say that ‘I want to contest you’ and I think the party should have a policy on that so I’m concerned”.

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