Subin branch office of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region became the centre of attraction last Friday as the party’s constituency and polling station executives were involved in an unpleasant showdown.
Scores of people who rushed to the office near the Asafo Market to catch a glimpse of what might have triggered the loud and uncontrolled verbal exchanges could only chuckle at what they heard
A constituency organiser aspirant had come to donate some items worth about GH10,000 to the party office but the executives refused to accept the donation fuming that “you should have alerted us earlier.”
The items included a set of computer and printer, a table top fridge and an office cabinet for the keeping of their files and other documents.
The decision to refuse the donation from Mr. Michael Asante angered a large group of polling station executives and ward coordinators who were with him to make the donation, describing Mr. Asante as patriotic and loyalist.
According to them, the kind gesture and foresight exhibited by the constituency organiser hopeful had not only embarrassed the incumbent officers but also made them scared of his exploits in the upcoming party primaries.
“Mr. Asante painted the whole office and made it as beautiful as we see it today. He also donated a nice table and swivel chair to our chairman and secretary when they had no chair to sit on, only for you to tell him today that you won’t collect the huge donation he has brought to our constituency,” Adum Polling Station Chairman, Mr. Siaw, noted angrily.
Earlier, the Constituency Chairman, Mr. Francis Boamah, addressing Mr. Asante and his followers said, they could not accept the items “because the Member of Parliament (MP) who is an integral member of the executives was not around.”
According to him, the decision to refuse the items was a unanimous one taken by all the constituency executives.
However, Mr. Asante who looked calm throughout the whole debacle told journalists that he saw it to be more of a blessing than a disgrace.
According to him, he was joining the race to unite the various factions in the constituency branch of the party.
The Subin constituency branch of the NPP has been in the news since last year for bad reasons.
Story: From James Appiakorang Jnr. Kumasi, Ashanti Region