The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has expressed its decision to welcome back the dismissed Fomena MP, Andrew Amoako Asiamah back to the party.
Speaking in an interview, the General Secretary of the party, John Boadu, noted, the decision to admit the parliamentary elected Fomena MP back to the fold will be dependent on a consensus by the National Executive Committee of the party.
“He still insists that he is a party member but by his actions, he forfeited his membership. He can reapply, he can decide to join us. It is not a decision that can be taken by another body on the National Executive Committee. It is early days yet but if he clearly shows up to join the party, we will take him through the process and see what can be done about it”.
The dismissed Member of Parliament (MP) for Fomena in the Ashanti Region, Andrew Amoako Asiamah by the ruling party from Parliament successfully won the parliamentary elections to secure a win in the 2020 elections as an independent candidate.
As part of efforts to convince him to renege on his decision to go independent, President Akufo-Addo during his campaign, implored the chiefs and people of Fomena in the Ashanti Region to persuade the MP to withdraw from contesting as an independent candidate.
The president disclosed that, he will predominantly work with members of his party once reelected as president and as such it will only augur well for the people of Fomena if Mr. Amoako Asiamah withdraws his candidature.
“You need to speak to him. The decision will not help him. It will also not help you. He will not profit from it and it will not be profitable to me, because I am an NPP member, and I work with NPP people. In future, by the grace of God when I still have the power, it is NPP people I will govern this country with.
“If there is a problem, and he cannot be an MP, I appeal to him, he should put it behind him and let’s focus on the party. After the elections, whatever we need to do for him to be comfortable, I assure him I will do it”.
Mr. Asiamah who decided to run independently after he was disqualified from contesting the party’s parliamentary primaries also had his seat declared vacant in Parliament.
That notwithstanding, at the end of polls on Monday, December 7, 2020, Mr. Asiamah managed to obtain 12,805 of the total votes cast by beating his contenders; Philip Ofori Asante of the NPP and Christiana Appiagyei of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) who polled 10,798 and 2,608 votes respectively.
He defied the party to contest as an independent candidate but emerged victorious despite sustained campaigns by the party against him.
With the inability of the incumbent party to retain a majority in Parliament, there have been questions and speculations as to whether the only independent candidate to make it to Parliament would rekindle his affinity to his old party.