New Patriotic Party (NPP) delegates in the North Tongu Constituency of the Volta Region have confirmed that they were given GH¢100 each and a mobile phone as inducement before casting their votes during the constituency executive primary held on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at Juapong.
Some defeated constituency executives who lost their positions during the primary alleged that delegates were bribed GH¢100 each together a mobile phone.
They also accused NPP gurus of underhand manipulations in order to have new members of the party elected into office.
They also alleged that the NPP gurus sponsored their favourites with money and gifts through vote-buying.
“This was the first time we have seen some of the new candidates of the NPP who were contesting the constituency executive positions in North Tongu Constituency with the tacit support of some party gurus of the party sharing monies and gifts to delegates,” the defeated executives told Today in confidence.
But, they were quick to say that they would continue to support the party despite what they said was the plain bribery that characterised the election.
“No we are obviously not happy with the results, but we accept them. The fact of the matter is that some of the delegate were bribed betweenGH¢100-GH¢500. So, it was down to money and of course we cannot be happy about that but we accept the results and move on.
“There is a lot of work to be done and we will always serve the party. It’s a vision to serve not an individual,” the defeated executives stressed.
Speaking in an interview with Today some delegates who spoke on condition of anonymity admitted that they were given money and a Nokia mobile phone, but refused to mention names of specific candidates who gave the monies and mobile phones.
“Yes, we were given monies and mobile phones and I don’t think we should mention names here. The most important thing is that it is very bad because we don’t have this in our party… it is very sad,” they bemoaned.
They stated that the monies were given to them through people purported to be working for the candidates and sometimes the candidates themselves.
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