It is alleged that about 500 delegates and party executives received cash ranging from GHS3, 000 plus 32 inch NASCO TVs and Fridges, whiles others also went home with GHS3, 200 with the promise of endorsing the candidature of the incumbent MP.
At the end of the voting Dr. Appiah Kubi managed to garner a mere 73 votes whiles, Nana Kwaku Owusu Acheampong, a first timer secured 197 votes with the eventual winner, Kofi Amankwa- Manu, who had contested the primaries three consecutive times, this time had a whopping 410 votes to secure a resounding victory.
The campaign team led by Mercy Ofosu Mensah, including a prison officer at Manhyia Prisons, called Kingsley Addai, two community police personnel and two macho men began their operation Sunday morning around 2:00am at Nweneso I and II, chasing delegates at their various homes in demand of a refund of GHS3, 200.00, NASCO Fridges and Televisions from the benefited delegates and party executives.
PITCHONLINE NEWS reporter who stays at the constituency saw the campaign team of Appiah- Kubi going to house- to- house of the delegates’ at Kromoase at 9:00pm on Sunday for the cash and the items.
When PITCHONLINE NEWS reached Mercy Ofosu Mensah to establish the campaign team’s rationale to get the money and the items back, she said that, “Dr. Appiah –Kubi is blaming us (campaign team) for his defeat because he thinks we did not give the money and the items to the delegates and the executives, hence his defeat.” She added that the Dr. Appiah- Kubi gave the team his blessing to reclaim the money and the items but was taken aback to hear him on radio denying knowledge of their actions.
Mercy Ofosu Mensah also confirmed to PITCHONLINE NEWS of receiving some of the money from the delegates and party executives but failed to disclosed the amount. “Yes we managed to collect monies from some of them whiles others have also promised to go to the Bank tomorrow to redraw the deposited cash us,” she indicated.
One delegate Ebenezer Kusi, an NPP organizer for Akyeremade electoral area narrated his ordeal to PITCHONLINE NEWS, “After coming back from church, I decided to take a nap but after twenty minutes, I heard a knock on my door and when I opened, I saw some campaign team of Dr. Appiah- Kubi, led by Mercy Ofosu Mensah, a prison officer, Kingsley Addai, who stays at Akyeremade, two community police personnel and two macho men.”
Before I could ask them about their mission, they told me Dr. Appiah- Kubi had sent them to collect back his money they money I took from him to vote for him. I told them I have deposited the money at the bank and they threatened to curse me with river gods and some deities if I fail to refund the money.
One Samson Boadi, a resident at Akyeremade told PITCHONLINE NEWS, how some residents of the community fiercely resisted the campaign team of the losing incumbent NPP MP for the area. “The campaign team of Dr. Appiah- Kubi tried to forcibly collect money from one Georgina Serwaa, the Woman’s Organizer of Akyeremade, but her son and some neighbours fought them”, he added.
When PITCHONLINE NEWS spoke to Dr. Appiah -Kubi to ascertain the truth, he denied any knowledge of the actions taken by his campaign team, saying, “I have not sent anybody out to take back any money, or items from the delegates and the party executives.” He disclosed he had not stepped out and asked those taking back monies from the delegates to stop.
Meanwhile, when speaking on FOX FM, a local radio station in Kumasi, Dr. Appiah-Kubi confirmed given the delegates and the executives money as their transportation fees.
“I have not instructed Mercy to go to the houses of the delegates and the executives to reclaim the money. I gave to them as their transportation fees,” he said.
Sourcr: David Afum