Pressure is mounting on the former Ghana Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency George Kumi from some traditional authorities and opinion leaders who want him to contest the Sunyani East seat as an independent candidate in the 2016 general elections.
According to reports, the Nifahemaa of Atuahenekrom Nana Ama Adjeiwaa, the Sanaahene of Atuahenekrom, Nana Apau and the Kyidomhene of Atronie have all thrown their support behind Ambassador George Kumi and urged him to shun the NPP and contest the Sunyani East constituency, stating that they “need Mr Kumi to bring development to the communities.”
According to them, the constituency is bedevilled with a lot of basic social amenities and it is only the former envoy who can address those infrastructural deficits.
They mentioned water, toilet, educational and health facilities as some of the infrastructural challenges in the area.
The traditional authorities appealed to him to listen to the clarion call of the people in the constituency by contesting in the parliamentary elections come 2016.
His Excellency, Ambassador George Kumi contested in the NPP parliamentary primaries and lost to the incumbent MP, Mr Ameyaw Cheremeh, following which he accused the party’s regional executives and the EC of rigging and ordered for a recount which was done after a court order.
Few months later, posters of him popped up at some vantage points in the Sunyani township, indicating his intention to contest the Sunyani East seat as an independent candidate.
There have been series of calls not only from the traditional authorities but also, from some party supporters to call the bluff of the party and go independent.