Tension is brewing in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) branch of Weija-Gbawe in the Greater Accra Region ahead of the party’s upcoming constituency executives election, which is scheduled to take off from February 23 to February 24, 2018.
The problem, Today gathered, erupted when some aggrieved delegates and executives in Weija-Gbawe constituency locked up in arms with their Member of Parliament (MP), Mr. Tina Mensah, together with the Weija-Gbawe Constituency Vice Chairman of the party, Mr. Patrick Kumor, and the Greater Accra Regional representative, Mr. Rashid Kata, and one Nii Darko.
The delegates accused these top personalities of the party of playing leading roles in ensuring that some names of constituency executives who are delegates were removed from the album.
The motive, Today’s findings established, is to disfranchise them in the upcoming constituency executives election.
According to them, they will file a writ at an Accra High Court on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 for an injunction to be placed on scheduled primary in the area.
Speaking in an interview with Today, an executive member of Mallam Masalashi Polling Station in the Weija-Gbawe Constituency, Mr. Alhassan Salifu, revealed that Mr. Rashid Kata came has for the past two weeks been compiling names of executives in Weija-Gbawe constituency album.
According to him, Mr. Kata single-handedly took the album away instead of displaying it for NPP coordinators in the constituency to ascertain whether all executives have their names in it.
He asserted: “Ever since he came to the constituency to inform us of compiling the names in the constituency executives album, we have never set eyes on him [Mr. Kata].”
“Even we do not know the whereabouts of the album. So our efforts to get him to come and exhibit the album for us to cross-check whether or not our names are in the album has become very difficult,” he said.
“So when we heard information that the NPP Greater Accra Regional Representatives, Member of Parliament (MP), Mrs. Tina Mensah, and some of the incumbent executives had come to the NPP office at Weija-Gbawe on Thursday, February 15, 208 we all moved there to demand the exhibition of the album to see that all of us have our names in it before the day of voting.”
He noted that their investigations later revealed that some top executive members of the NPP in the area whose contenders wanted to manoeuver things to their advantage were behind the orchestration.
“We will not allow this to happen in the Weija-Gbawe Constituency,” he warned, and called on both the national and the regional executives of the party to ensure that the voting album of Weija-Gbawe Constituency was exhibited immediately to avoid any legal tussles against the election in the area.”
When Today reached the Weija-Gbawe Constituency Chair of the NPP, Engineer Samuel Ofori Ampomah, confirmed knowledge of the matter, and expressed worry over the attitude of their MP and some executives of the party in the area. He was particularly unhappy that some names of the constituency executives had been deleted from the album.
According to Mr Ampomah, so far credible reports available to him by Weija-Gbawe Constituency Secretary of the party indicated that a total of fifteen (15) names of previous eligible delegates had been deleted from the album in three polling stations in the area without any justifiable reasons.
“Although l am not a member of the Weija-Gbawe Constituency Election Committee of the NPP per the constitution of the party, my attention was drawn to the issue by the affected delegates. I personally intervened to ensure that those affected delegates had their names back in the album, but the MP and her followers ignored my decision,” he stated.
He pointed out that “I even reported this disturbing matter to the Greater Accra regional chairman of the NPP and some bigwigs of the party at the Flagstaff House at the recent meeting we held in Accra and pleaded with them to resolve the issue in order to have peaceful and credible constituency executives election in the area devoid of any court injunction.
Meanwhile, reacting to the allegation leveled against him, Mr Kumor admitted that some of the names of the delegates have been deleted the album.
He however, declined to comment further on the issue and simply told our reporter that ” I will not speak on the matter again because this is an internal party matter, so the Greater Accra Regional executives are working to resolve it.”
Several attempts made by Today to get the MP to respond to her side of the allegations were unsuccessful.
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