John Boadu Threatens Defeated Aspirant To Return Bribe Bicycles Or Be Sacked

The General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party The General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party

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 others.

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 items.    

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 the country. “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 done so”. 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”.




Source: theheraldghana