The National Democratic Congress chairman for the Tema West constituency , Mr Isaac Pobee, has flatly denied claims that he took money from the New Patriotic Party with the aim of compromising his role during the 2020 elections .
Mr Pobee is denying this allegation made against him by two elements of the NDC in the constituency, following the currency the allegation seem to be assuming.
According to him, no evidence has been provided to back the allegation against him, yet the faces behind the claims have refused to retract and apologize.
Calls to these individuals who The Herald found out to be one Boutrous and one Joe Kwei to do the needful, has gone unanswered.
In view of these, the party chairman, Mr Pobee is taking legal action against these individuals who made the wild allegation on an NDC social media platform shortly after the 2020 elections which the NDC lost both at the parliamentary and presidential level in the constituency.
The allegation of bribery which was made by Boutrous, who is a branch executive of the party and repeated by Joe Kwei, another member of the party, was published on an online portal called Ajnewsonline.com on September 27, 2021.
As if the claims of the unsubstantiated allegations are not enough, Mr Pobee's life is under threat.
He told The Herald in an interview that he has been receiving threatening messages on his phone, telling him he will be killed if he does not resign his post as the chairman .
Although, the matter has been reported to the police, Mr Pobee, said he feels unsafe for which reason he hardly stays in his home.
Interestingly , Mr Pobee's tenure as a chairman saw a significant improvement in the electoral fortunes of the NDC, where it closed the electoral gap to only 900 in the 2012 elections and during the 2020 election which was his second tenure as chairman, the gap was closed from 15, 000 to a little over 2000.
But when The Herald contacted the maker of the bribery allegation, Mr Boutrous Andy , he told the paper that his accusation of Mr Pobee of having taken money from the New Patriotic Party( NPP) was on the basis that both the NPP Parliamentary Candidate, Carlos Ahenkorah and the NDC chairman are seen all the time together.
According to him, during the 2020 election when counting was underway, Mr Pobee was seen in the collation room with the NPP Parliamentary Candidate, Mr Ahenkorah chatting which for him was not a good sign.
Speaking with Mr Joseph Kwei who was also mentioned by the NDC Chairman as also making the bribery allegation, he said he was only making reference to the claims of bribery allegation of Ghc30, 000 and that he has not seen Mr Pobee receiving any money, except what was being alleged in the constituency by others was what he was making reference to on their NDC platform for the constituency.
As at press time, information picked up by The Herald indicates that a delegation from the National headquarters of the NDC, had met to try and resolve the matter.
This follows an earlier committee which was set up by the 2020 flagbearer for the NDC, John Dramani Mahama and was chaired by the former Member of Parliament for the Kpone Katamansa constituency, Laryea Afotey Agbo, to try and look into the bribery allegation.
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