The General Secretary of the New Patriotic
Party, NPP, John Boadu, has issued a stern warning to Eric Amankwa Blay, an
aspirant in the just-ended New Patriotic Party (NPP) Parliamentary primaries at
Assin North Constituency to return bribe bicycles, he seized from delegates
after losing the election or be dismissed from the Party.
Eric Amankwa Blay, gifted 250 bicycles to
delegates prior to the election in the Constituency ostensibly to influence them
to vote for him.However, he secured 44 votes as against the incumbent MP, Abena
Duruwa Mensah, who polled 389 votes.
Others are also spewing invectives at their
opponents for either buying their victories through monetary inducements, wax
prints home appliances including fridges, TV sets, blenders, gas burners among
A couple of aspirants, including Eric Amankwa
Blay, who contested primaries at Assin North Constituency, are being accused
going round the constituency demanding back some 250 bicycles from the NPP
delegates because they had refused to vote favourably, despite collecting the
Utterly disappointed Amankwa Blay, together
with some of his supporters stormed homes of the beneficiary delegates with Kia
Truck to forcibly retrieve the bicycles from them.
Speaking on Accra based Atinka FM Monday, John
Boadu, described the action of the aspirant as “uncouth” which the party will
not tolerate hence ordered him to return the bicycles immediately or risk
losing his membership from the party.
“He wants to be exited from the party. Next time
he can’t even apply and even attempt to contest in any internal election.
Nobody forced him to gift bicycles. Was he expecting everybody to vote for him
because of the bicycles, doesn’t it mean if next time someone shares Cars he
must be voted for? That is not a democracy”.
He added “he should return the bicycles else he
has sacked himself from the party. I am speaking on authority. The party will
not recognize him anymore. He is done with the party. We can’t encourage such
uncouth behaviour in our party,” John Boadu warned.
The just ended Parliamentary Primaries of the
NPP, has been criticized over widespread vote-buying.
A Political scientist and former lecturer at the
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Dr Amoako Baah, has
said the majority of the outcome of the Saturday primaries was influenced by
money and not competence or ability to impact good governance in the country.
Speaking to Francis Abban on the Morning Starr
Monday, Dr Amoako Baah, said money has compromised the value of elections in
“What we are doing is an auction, not an
election because the highest bidder wins, as I have been saying, whoever pays
the highest money wins. But in some cases if the people are really angry with
you it does not matter how much money you pay, they will still vote against
you,” he said.
Meanwhile, David Adu-Tutu Jnr, aka (Lawyer JD),
who lost the Nsawam/Adoagyiri primary, has denied reports that he is chasing
the delegates to take the items he gave to them.
Frank Annoh Dompreh, the incumbent MP for
Nsawam/Adoagyiri Constituency in the Eastern Region, won with 483 votes, by
beating Lawyer David Adu Tutu and Afua Kyerewaa Nyantakyi, who scored 13 and
four votes respectively.
After the polls, reports are trending that,
Lawyer JD is chasing the delegates for his items.
In Press Release, he denied the false
allegations against him.
He explained that “I have been informed that
there are news making rounds that my team members have gone round to collect
parcels I gave out to some delegates”.
According to him, “I have not asked anyone to
collect any parcel from any delegate, and neither has any of my team members
He said, “It is totally false propaganda
mastermind by some saboteurs to tarnish my image, destroy the strong foundation
my team and I have laid in the constituency in the past few months and set me
up against well-meaning members and leaders of the NPP”.
He urged the delegates that “if you are a
delegate and anyone disguised as a member of my team approaches you to return
any item, please don’t give it to the person”.
He said” we have finished with the primaries.
It’s time to focus on the main election to retain the seat and the presidency
for the NPP”.