A plot by some members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Gomoa West Constituency of the Central Region to publicly accuse the former District Executive (DCE), Mr Theophilous Aidoo Mensah, of being the cause of the loss of the party’s parliamentary seat to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in 2016 election as well as misappropriation of the party’s funds in the area has backfired.
Investigations conducted by Today together with credible information from the majority of the constituency executives in the area have revealed that Mr Mensah is a clean person who served with integrity during the eight years under the former President John Dramani Mahama administration without any questionable character.
Today was reliably informed that Mr Mensah never created any division within the NDC in the area but he personally invested substantially in the structures of the party, although the party lost the seat to the NPP in the area.
Today’s investigations into the administrative system of the former DCE was premised on the recent press statement signed by Dego ward executives of the NDC in the persons of Stephen Donko, John Kyebeenu, Simpowan Kobowo, Deborah Ofosu, Kwasi Gyesi, Maxwell Hughes, Charles Asomfo Oheneba Donkoh Michael Ofosu Snr., and J-A Menyah for which they threatened to boycott the 2020 poll due to what they described as the gross disrespect meted out to them by Mr Mensah.
According to them, Mr Mensah has become a thorn in their fresh, alleging that money released from the NDC national headquarters in Accra for the 2016 electioneering campaign in the area was not used for its intended purpose by the DCE and constituency executives.
They pointed out that the former DCE did not team up with the constituency executives led by Mr Perpetual Annan to work for the party’s victory in the 2016 general election because of the division Mr Mensah created in the 2014 constituency elections which he repeated same in the just ended constituency executives elections in 2018.
“We have received a tape of the former DCE with respect to how they looted the party in the election as evidence of his divisive actions.
They explained that the Dego ward of the NDC presented a candidate for the vice chairmanship position for 2018 constituency elections, but Mr Mensah campaigned for a particular candidate in the contest forgetting the contribution of the Dago ward in the party.
But in a sharp response, Mr Mensah denied all the allegations levelled against him by the Dego ward executives of campaigning openly against their candidate.
According to Mr Mensah, although “I had a choice for the constituency executives to be elected to run the affairs of the NDC within the area, all the five candidates who contested the position of vice chairmanship slot were my friends.”
“So l never campaigned for anybody as claimed by the Dago ward executives. I am even the one who worked assiduously to go round the constituency to seek funds that we used to organise this year’s constituency executives election so where is the blame game coming from?” he asked.
Consequently, the former DCE who was a former President of NALAG and Chief Accountant at the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) equally dispelled the allegation of misappropriating campaign funds released by the NDC for 2016 general election.
According to him, when the party releases funds campaign activities, it does not come to the DCE but then go directly to the constituency chairman and secretary.
“So l can confidently say that no party funds were released to me during the 2016 election in the area,” the DCE stressed.
Mr Mensah described the allegation as being the cause of the party’s electoral defeat in the area as “completely false and baseless.”
He asserted that “if you (referring to this reporter) can bear in mind that former President John Dramani Mahama had made it clear that he was the cause of the massive defeat of the party in the 2016 general election, so why are they blaming me for the party’s loss?”
To this end, Mr Mensah called on the NDC supporters at Dego to rescind their decision to boycott the 2020 general election, urging them to remain calm since they were devising measures to resolve their differences.
Story: Freeman AWLESU KORYEKPOR