NDC cautions Party Agents and MPs over bribe from EC, NPP But Ablakwa allays fear

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, North Tongu MP Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, North Tongu MP

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has cautioned its agents in the December 7, 2020 elections, not to fall for the antics of the Electoral Commission (EC) which the opposition says is scheming to entice and bribe these agents to sign fraudulent pink sheets.

The party in a memo signed by Director of Elections Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, claimed the bribe money is being paid by District EC Officials claiming their agents are made to meet these bribe givers either at their offices or at coded locations.

Mr Afriyie Ankrah, who described the allegation as criminal said the move by the EC officials is aimed at making a case for the electoral management body which the party 2020 presidential candidate John Dramani Mahama has hailed before the Supreme Court over infractions in last month's elections.

The party asked these Agents scattered across the country to ignore the calls and report anyone with such motive to the party hierarchy.

"Reports and intelligence gathered indicate that some District EC Officials are calling on NDC Party Agents to come over to their offices or meet them at certain locations to sign fraudulent pink sheets they have prepared, for a handsome reward.

This is a criminal agenda to serve their parochial interests considering the current legal challenges on the 2020 general elections. We humbly urge all our gallant Agents to ignore such calls and accordingly, hasten to report such acts to the Party hierarchy", the memo dated Saturday January 22 said.

The memo continued by imploring party members to act in the best interest of the NDC at all times and fight off all forms of temptations and enticements that may come their way at these critical moments.

"Let us all endeavour to act in the supreme interest of the Party at all cost, and resist all forms of temptations that come our way. We continue to remain focused as a Party".

Meanwhile, the NDC Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu in the Volta Region, Samuel Okudzato Ablakwa has rubbished claims from certain quarters of the party that the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) is bribing some NDC members to vote in favour of some minister designates yet to be vetted by the Parliament's Appointment Committee (PAC).

Reports are rife that some NDC MPs are being lured with huge sums of money including dollars in anticipation to what some say will be the toughest ministerial vetting coming on the back of the current hung Parliament where both NDC and NPP have equal number of members on the Committee.

Posts and statements especially on social media from some of these party fanatics quote all kinds of figures including 50, 000 dollars. While some encourage the MP to collect the money if they offer and vote against these questionable appointees, others want them to reject it outright and reject whoever deserves to be.

The rumour that the NDC MPs may be compromised has caused fear and panic among the rank and file of the NDC who say the current nature of Parliament should afford their representatives the opportunity to scrutinize President Akufo-Addo's minister designates in the coming weeks.

Reacting to the social media gossip on his timeline on Saturday, Mr Ablakwa described the allegation against the NDC caucus as unfair, vexatious, malicious and downright offensive.

According to the former deputy Education Minister, the party's in recent past has demonstrated enough grit especially during the election of Speaker Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin to prove that they cannot be compromised or pushovers. He defended the NDC caucus saying they cannot be bribed

"The conspiracy theories against NDC Members of Parliament's Appointments Committee and the larger NDC caucus are most unfair, vexatious, malicious and downright offensive.

We have demonstrated enough grit since the election of Speaker to prove to the world that we cannot be influenced by inducements nor are we pushovers. We are simply unbribable and absolutely impenetrable!"

He went on "The Ghanaian people didn't bestow upon us these impressive numbers in Parliament only to use it for dirty deals with the forces of darkness. That will represent a betrayal of the people's mandate in the most obscene and unconscionable terms.

We are confident that our work on the committee shall vindicate our integrity.

Yes, we shall not be a group of reckless obstructionists but we do not intend to serve as mere conveyor belts or jinxed accomplices either. May the Lord be our helper "

Source: www.theheraldghana.com