#PulseElections Bantama MP goes independent; resigns from NPP

Mr Kokofu, who lost in the party's parliamentary primaries after serving just one term in parliament, said he will contest the December vote as an independent candidate.

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The Member of Parliament for the Bantama Constituency in the Ashanti Region, Henry Kwabena Kokofu, has resigned from the New Patriotic Party.

Mr Kokofu, who lost in the party's parliamentary primaries after serving just one term in parliament, said he will contest the December vote as an independent candidate.

The Bantama Constituency is one of the strongholds of the NPP in the Ashanti Region and his decision to contest as an independent candidate could have serious implications for the party's chances at the poll.

In a statement, the MP said he will rejoin the party if he wins the seat as an independent candidate.

He said: "I wish to formally communicate to all stakeholders of the NPP that, I resign as a member from the party with effect from today. I wish to thank all who supported me during my time as a candidate and also a member of parliament for the Bantama constituency.

"I have to embark on a personal project and I think it will be a rightful decision to resign and concentrate fully on this mission.

"I feel many people now question my loyalty to the NPP; upon my decision to run as an independent parliamentary candidate. I equally doubt that, I can remain loyal to the party and it is prudent I resign and then focus on my personal mission.

"Though I hope to win, but, I would rejoin the party in the event that I loose the upcoming election. Therefore, I call on all my family members and supporters to leave the NPP and rally behind me as I undertake this personal project. I know it will be though, but, I hope to win and I want my supporters to know that, I will do everything within my capacity to win.

"To my supporters, I urge you all to vote massively for me and any other political party of your choice. I represent Bantama now and not any political party."

Mr Kokofu filed his nomination forms on Friday, September 30 which was the deadline for filing of nominations.

His decision to contest an independent candidate has shocked many of his constituents, with some calling him "judas."

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