Edudzi Tamekloe, a member of the legal team representing the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has claimed that Charles Opoku, the candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Assin North by-election, once approached the NDC with a request to become their representative in the constituency. Tamekloe revealed that when issues arose regarding Gyakye Quayson, Opoku expressed interest in replacing him if a by-election were to occur.
During an interview on Metro TV, Tamekloe stated that the NDC declined Opoku’s request and reaffirmed their unwavering support for James Gyakye Quayson. He emphasized that Opoku, who is more associated with Tarkwa, made the approach but the NDC chose to maintain their faith in Gyakye Quayson, emphasizing that Opoku himself would not deny it. Tamekloe expressed satisfaction with the NDC’s campaign in the Assin North constituency ahead of the by-elections.
Furthermore, he expressed confidence in Gyakye Quayson’s prospects of winning the elections and prevailing in the ongoing criminal case against him. Tamekloe concluded by stating his belief that with divine support, Gyakye Quayson would be declared the winner by the Electoral Commission on June 27th.
The by-election in Assin North is being regarded as a mid-term election to assess the popularity of the two main political parties leading up to the 2024 elections. James Gyakye Quayson of the NDC is in a battle with Charles Opoku of the NPP to retain the seat that Gyakye Quayson won in 2020.
The Supreme Court nullified his election as MP in the 2020 elections in the constituency, ruling that he was not qualified to contest the election by law as he had not renounced his Canadian citizenship at the time .