NPP denies intimidation of MPs amid exodus

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The New Patriotic Party () has strongly refuted reports suggesting that certain individuals within the party have intimidated experienced Members of , leading to their decision not to seek re-election.

Eighteen Members of Parliament from the NPP have chosen not to pursue re-election in the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for January 27, 2024.

Among those opting out are prominent figures like Majority Leader , First Deputy Speaker Joe Osei-Owusu, Samuel Atta Akyea, and .

In response to speculation about intimidation, , the National Communications Director of the NPP, emphasized that there is no evidence to support claims of intimidation. He asserted that these MPs, known for their public acceptability, are not avoiding competition due to fear or pressure.

Ahiagbah expressed concern about the potential loss of experienced MPs' seats in the upcoming primaries.

He suggested the need for internal measures to incentivize experienced MPs to prevent them from losing their seats, proposing a system where MPs with satisfactory performance and constituents' satisfaction might be exempted from primaries.

While highlighting his worry about the possible loss of senior MPs, Ahiagbah affirmed the party's commitment to finding mechanisms that create positive incentives for effective MPs, ensuring they are not exposed to unnecessary internal contests.

MP Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi echoed the sentiment, lamenting the absence of protection for experienced MPs within the party.

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