President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo may have won the presidential election, but as he is on the verge of being overseen by a hung parliament, the success of his next government is in the balance.
As it stands, according to data released by the Electoral Commission, there is no clear majority in parliament. In the December 7 election, the NPP caucus, which initially held 169 seats, lost 32 of them.
The NDC caucus holds 136 seats, almost on par with the NPP, with one outstanding result yet to be declared and an independent candidate.
However, the Member of Parliament for Fomena, Andrew Amoako Asiamah, who was ousted from the NPP for his decision to go independent after deciding not to contest the primaries of his party, won his seat in what many have described as an intriguing turn of events.
He has become, according to many, the literal representation of the famous biblical quote, “The stone rejected by the builders will become the cornerstone.”
The alignment of Mr. Amoako Asiamah with them will be crucial for the NPP to hold a majority seat. But with all that has happened, if he is prepared to sweep it under the carpet and go back to his party, the question remains.
During one of his campaign routes in the Fomena enclave, President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo categorically announced that he would not be able to work with the Fomena MP.
His reason was that he had been disrespected by the MP, Andrew Amoako Asiamah.
In the words of the Presidents, “Anyone who parades as a member of the NPP but goes independent is not a true party member. Yes, if you’re a dyed-in-the-wool party member, you’re not going to become independent. Especially when I have made attempts to engage you personally and you do not show up. You don’t have respect for me then, and you can’t work with me. I’m not going to work for someone who has no regard for me.
This is why I’m asking you to vote for the NPP.
For the MP who had opted to go independent, this was an attempt at court disappointment.
With similar disdain and aggression, the Education Minister Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh who is also the MP for Manhyia South stated his resentment towards the MP for his decision.
Napo said amongst other things that the NPP could win hands down without Mr. Asiamah. But they lost.
Visibly angry Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh said during the campaign; “…They said he’s called Asiamah. Listen carefully, if our predecessors had not made room for us to compete too, we wouldn’t have been here. If Atta Boafo had left the party after losing, he wouldn’t have been an Ambassador now. But if you won power for us recently but Fomena constituents have rejected you yet you have refused to understand, then go and burn the sea. Because this is not the first time the people of Fomena have changed their MP.”
The MP was subsequently expelled from parliament after the leadership of the NPP wrote to demand such actions.
General Secretary of the party, John Boadu wrote, “The Party has noted that the Member of Parliament for the Fomena Constituency in the Ashanti Region, Hon. Amoako Andrew Asiamah, who was elected to Parliament on the ticket of the Party has filed to contest as an Independent Parliamentary Candidate. By so doing, he has presumably vacated his Seat in Parliament pursuant to Article 97(1)(g) of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic.”
Now, he’s back as the man in the spotlight.
Coming to full terms with the reality and the changes he could bring to the table, the Fomena MP-elect has been invited back into the NPP.
During an interaction on CitiNews, the General Secretary of NPP John Boadu said the party will be willing to take him back, via all the processes, if he decides to align with them in parliament.
“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”, he explained.
As a matter of fact, the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu confirmed in a media interaction that the party has begun engagements with Andrew Amoako Asiamah to get him back on their side to secure majority seats.
“He will decide. [Currently] there is an engagement by both sides [both NPP and NDC] to get him on their side,” Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu told JoyNews.
It waits to be seen what decision Mr. Asiamah would take ahead of the inauguration of the 8th Parliament on January 6, 2021.