A group calling itself the Combined Kejetia Traders Association have expressed shock over the withdrawal of Hon Osei Assibey Antwi from the Kumasi Mayor race
Members of the group who were of firmed believe that Hon Osei Assibey Antwi was the right man to push forth president Akuffo Addo’s agenda in the Kumasi Metropolis as the Chief Executive said they were dazed with the former Mayor’s decision .
Members of the Combined Kejetia traders Association which includes the Eleven Member Steering committee at the Kumasi Central Market, the Concern Central Market Traders Association,Kejetia Petty Traders Association,
Central Market Petty Traders and the Traditional Commodity Sellers Association in a press release copied to OTEC News said they are commending Hon Osei Assibey Antwi for the impactful work he did in the last four years as the Chief Executive of Kumasi Metropolis.
Osei Assibey-Antwi, the Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), withdrawn from the race to contest for another term, his Special Assistant, Mr Frederick Addai, said on Sunday.
Mr Addai said the decision was based on personal reasons.
He said the outgoing MCE, however, would continue to be at post until a successor was appointed.
Mr Assibey-Antwi, a former Ashanti Regional Deputy Minister, was appointed as Kumasi MCE about four years ago.
Until his withdrawal, he was one of the contestants tipped to be given the nod to continue as the MCE, hence the latest development came as a shock to many.
Ms Henrietta Afia Aboagye, the Public Relations Officer of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), in an interview with OTECNEWS, confirmed the decision, saying the Assembly would miss him for his commitment to duty and humility.
She said Mr Assibey-Antwi’s achievements include the implementation of the “Keep Kumasi Clean and Green” project, an initiative intended to promote good environmental-sanitation practices amongst the citizenry.
The project, launched three years ago, had seen the planting of thousands of tree species to help restore Kumasi to its ‘Garden City’ status and mitigate the effects of climate change, she said.
The mayor, including other 8 other persons picked forms and have gone through vetting process to cling the ultimate position within the metropolis.
Special Aid to the Mayor, Fredrick Addai confirmed the mayor’s withdrawal to newsmen hours after rumours of Hon Osei Assibey Antwi’s withdrawal from the race flooded the media space.
Speaking to OTEC News Kwame Agyenim Boateng Mr Kwabena Fosu who doubled as the the Operations Manager for the Eleven Member Steering Committee and the Concern Central Market Traders Association said Hon Osei Assibey Antwi has been one of the most prolifi mayor’s Kumasi has seen in recent years.
He noted that not only did the former mayor had a very good rapore with all trading groups in the city, he was also loyal to the great Asante Kingdom and the New Patriotic Party and the thereby promoting social economic activities in the metropolis.
The Combined Kejetia Traders Association however called on President Akuffo Addo to consider given another appointment to the former mayor for as he’s loyal to the NPP fraternity.
Those aspiring for the MCE position, having successfully gone through the vetting processes, include Mr Collins Owusu Amankwaa, former Member of Parliament (MP) for Manhyia-North, Mr Samuel Pyne, Ashanti Regional Secretary of the New Patriotic Party, and Nana Poku Agyeman, an Engineer, and Metropolitan Director of Urban Roads Department.
The others are Messieurs Kennedy Kankam, former MP for Nhyiaeso, Kofi Senya, former Presiding Member of the KMA, Thomas Kusi Boafo,Chief Executive Officer of the Public Sector Reforms, and Kofi Owusu Boateng, former Secretary to the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.