The New Patriotic Party's (NPP) delegates in the Weija-Gbawe constituency find themselves divided over the selection of a parliamentary candidate for the 2024 elections, setting the stage for a heated primary showdown.
The rift emerges between the incumbent Member of Parliament, Madam Tina Gifty Naa Ayele Mensa, and Mr. Jerry Ahmed Shaib, the Chief Executive Officer of the Coastal Development Authority.
While some advocate for maintaining the incumbent, others argue for a new candidate, citing constituents' waning faith in Madam Tina's leadership.
Mr. Patrick Baidoo, a Polling Station Chairman, emphasizes the incumbent's track record, stating, “The sitting MP is the best candidate for 2024… if you bring a new candidate, how are you going to market the person?” He underscores Madam Tina's electoral success and developmental efforts in the constituency.
However, Papa Kwame, an Electoral Area Coordinator, advocates for Mr. Ahmed Shaib, citing dissatisfaction with the incumbent's performance.
He warns of potential loss to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) if a new candidate isn't chosen.
The Weija-Gbawe constituency, historically NPP-leaning, has seen Madam Tina securing victory in the past two elections.
However, internal divisions underscore the challenges facing the party as it prepares for the upcoming polls.
The outcome of the January 27 primaries will not only determine the NPP's candidate but may also shape the electoral landscape in the constituency, impacting its political future.