Bernard Oduro Takyi
A DISGRUNTLED ruling New Patriotic Party member in the Sunyani West Constituency, in the Bono Region, Bernard Oduro Takyi, who was disqualified in the NPP’s 2018/2019 parliamentary primaries, has said he has joined the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Mr. Oduro Takyi, popularly known as BOT, after feeling aggrieved for being disqualified went into the 2020 election as an independent candidate but lost miserably to Ignatius Baffour Awuah, Minister and MP for the area.
BOT has since then been flirting with the NDC and finally joined their fold over the weekend.
At a ceremony at Kwatire in the Sunyani West Constituency to welcome him, the NDC leaders pleaded with their members to accept the lonely member into their fold.
They said that the decision to accept BOT is to enable them to work to defeat the incumbent NPP MP in the 2024 election.
The NDC leaders described the dissatisfied candidate as one of the best politicians in the constituency, and was needed to unseat the Member of Parliament.
For his part, BOT stated he was defecting from the NPP because he was not treated fairly.
“In 2018/2019 I came to the fullest realisation that I met the basic requirement needed to contest in the parliamentary primaries of the NPP. I gleefully picked my nomination form and duly went through the needful rudiments to submit myself both to the regional and national parliamentary vetting committee. The NPP officially announced those who qualified to the next stage of the parliamentary primaries but failed to give official account of why over 78 aspirants including myself could not make it to the next stage.
“I am democratic by conviction and I do believe that in a democracy, fairness, and transparency is key,” he said.
FROM Daniel Y Dayee, Kwatire