A pastor of the World Evangelistic Ministry, Rev Alex Addai has asked the New Patriotic Party (NPP) leadership to withdraw Hon. Carlos Ahenkorah as its parliamentary candidate in the 2020 general elections for breaching COVID-19 protocols.
Mr. Ahenkorah, the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for Tema West, is the party’s candidate to contest the December elections.
He had to resign as Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry for visiting registration centers when he had tested positive for COVID -19 and was still under treatment which required a mandatory isolation period of 14 days.
It is alleged that his action had infected several of his constituents and even led to the death of an NPP coordinator called Amankwah
Rev. Addai made this request in an interview with sections of media in reaction to the several petitions before the Inspector General of Police (IGP) demanding the arrest and prosecution of the MP, which the police are yet to act on.
Some groups and individuals, including some polling station officers in the Tema West Constituency, have also petitioned the NPP to withdraw the candidature of Mr. Ahenkorah and quickly replace him before the EC opens nominations in October.
According to the Reverend Minister, the MP does not have the moral authority to be a representative of the people after breaking the very law the august house, of which he is a member, enacted.
Rev. Addai pointed out that if a lawmaker violates the law with impunity, he loses the legitimacy of being a lawmaker.
He added that “the MP should be made to face the full rigors of the law,” emphasizing further that “if laws are unevenly applied, it gives birth to lawlessness and utter disorder.”
Rev. Addai stated that several Ghanaians have been incarcerated for breaching the Covid-19 protocols, including pastors, emphasizing that Mr. Ahenkorah is not above the law and the NPP to withdraw him as a parliamentary candidate to serve as a deterrent to other politicians and to strengthen the president’s fight against the COVID-19