Obour loses in Asante Akyem South NPP primary

BY: Linda Safoa Antwi
Obour loses parliamentary bid

Former President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), Bice Osei Kuffour, popularly known as Obour has failed in his bid to become a parliamentarian.

Obour, who was bidding to represent the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Asante Akyem South constituency in the Ashanti Region, lost in the primary held on Saturday, June 20.

He polled 296 votes while incumbent Member of Parliament, Kwaku Asante Boateng polled 360.

The other aspirants, Edmond Oppong Peprah, William Yamoah, and Eric Amofa polled nine, 32, and eight respectively.

Obour revealed his intentions to run for Parliament last year and had taken steps towards that by initiating a number of development projects in the Asante Akyem constituency.

His bid was not without controversy as a number of musicians including D Black and Criss Waddle asked delegates not to vote for him because he was inefficient and corrupt while NPP executives in the constituency were divided.

Obour's campaign was also affected by the controversy that surrounded the death of his father from COVID-19 and the back and forth with the Ridge Hospital. The funeral also got tongues wagging with people claiming Obour did not observe social distancing protocols.

That notwithstanding Obour kept up his campaign but unfortunately, it was not enough for him to win the primaries.