President Akufo-Addo has campaigned for his Communication Director, Eugene Arhin as the Member of Parliament for the Awutu Senya East Constituency in the Central Region.
As part of his tour of the region, the president told a gathering of the chiefs and the people to vote for Eugene Arhin when and if he gets the nod as the NPP parliamentary candidate.
The seat is currently being occupied by NDC’s Gizella Tetteh Agbotui who defeated the former Deputy Minister for Communication,
The NPP is yet to conduct parliamentary primaries to select its parliamentary candidates for the next election. It is not known how many people will be contesting for the primaries in Awutu Senya East. The president’s open endorsement therefore gives an unfair advantage to Eugene Arhin.
Some analysts have condemned the president’s open campaign for Eugene Arhin. They feel it violates the party’s code of conduct for presidential and parliamentary primaries. A professor of political science at the University of Ghana, Legon, Ransford Gyampo for instance asked the party leadership to order. He suggested the president to be treated the same way others who breached the code of conduct were treated.
“Respectfully, Mr President, I cannot mince words. I think you are being lawless, I am sorry to put it bluntly. You were part of your Party’s National Executive Committee Meeting that approved the Party’s Code of Conduct. You are giving unfair advantage to Eugene Arhin, knowing very well that Parliamentary Primaries for the area hasn’t been held.
“You must not read everything written for you. Your speech makers always have their own agenda too and I expect you to be able to read in between the lines, to know whose interest is being served by the kind of things that are sometimes written for you to read.
“I expect Justine Frempong Kodua, the General Secretary of the Party to muster the testicular fortitude as a man who believes in fairness to summon you before your Party’s Complaint Committee. He did this to Hopeson Adorye and Assifua. No one is above the law and the application of the law must not be selective.” Gyampo writes