The youth wing of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Akatsi North District is calling for the removal of Mr Simon Peter Kofi Ofosu, the District Chief Executive, citing his alleged negative impact on the party and its chances in the upcoming elections.
It would also harm the party's chances of capturing the parliamentary seat from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in 2024, the youth said at a press conference organized on Tuesday at the party office.
“He is collapsing the NPP in Akatsi North,” said Mr Zakari Nasiru, the Constituency Youth Organiser, during the conference. He accused Mr Ofosu of orchestrating the rejection of two earlier nominees of the President to make room for his nomination and later, confirmation.
“We can recall the huge gains we made as a party in the 2020 parliamentary election which got party stalwarts at the party headquarters hailing Akatsi North for a good job done,” Mr Nasiru added.
“This feat by the NPP has caused a lot of uproar in the NDC in the Constituency and they have vowed to dismantle the NPP before the 2024 elections.”
The youth also accused Mr Ofosu of neglecting completed projects, such as the Ave Crocodile Resort and the court complex, allowing them to fall into disrepair.
The youth said they feared that if Mr Ofosu was allowed to spend more days as DCE, even NPP polling station executives might not vote for the party in the 2024 general elections hence the call for his sack.
“We are appealing to His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to save the party in the constituency by replacing Simon Peter Kofi Ofosu with a very competent person, who is willing to work for the party to snatch the seat from the NDC come 2024. The earlier the better for us as a party – Simon Peter Kofi Ofosu must go!”
In response to the allegations, Mr Ofosu told the Ghana News Agency that the demand for his removal was uncalled for.
“It's unfortunate some group of people to think otherwise,” he said. He emphasized that his focus as DCE was to deliver development projects to the people and ensure progress in government business and that of the party in Akatsi North, a course he remained committed to.