Minister for Works and Housing, Francis Asenso Boakye is hot as he risks suffering the one-term “curse” in the Bantama Constituency since at least 2012.
No Member of Parliament(MP) has been re-elected for two terms in the Constituency since Cecilia Abena Dapaah left the scene after winning in 2008.
Bantama Constituency is one of the most pro-NPP seats that has been likened to Florida in the US Electoral map.
Henry Kwabena Kokofu took over from Cecilia Abena Dapaah as MP for Bantama from January 7, 2013, to January 6, 2017. and was trying to go for a second term but Okyem Aboagye defeated him in the party Primaries.
Okyem Aboagye was MP for Bantama from January 7, 2017 to January 6, 2021.
His attempt at a second term in office was also not successful as Asenso Boakye beat him at the NPP primary ahead of the 2020 election.
Okyem Aboagye who was interested in contesting the seat ahead of the 2024 election passed on two months ago.
Okyem Aboagye who was a businessman after spending one term in Parliament became a spokesperson for the New Patriotic Party (MP) on economic issues.
Asenso Boakye faces Showdown
Ralph Agyapong, a lawyer and the brother of Kennedy Agyapong, the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, has declared his intention to contest in the parliamentary primaries for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Bantama constituency.
In an interview with Hello FM on November 9, 2023, Ralph Agyapong disclosed that the grassroots support for his candidacy became evident as people began circulating his campaign posters on social media platforms.
According to him, upon realizing this public endorsement, he reached out to his brother, Kennedy Agyapong, for guidance. He explained that Kennedy gave his blessing to him to contest and secure victory.
“The way and manner people have been calling me to contest the seat, if I ignore such calls, I might disgrace myself… so when I saw my posters moving around, I called Hon Ken and he told me to go and contest and win the seat for Bantama constituency.
“I’m always at the Bantama constituency, and according to the constituents they are not happy with the way and manner the MP is managing the place, so, I have to come and take charge…if Bantama constituents are listening to me I want to let them know that I have accepted their calls and I will contest the seat,” he said.