If the District Chief Executive (DCE) of Builsa South Constituency in the Upper East Region, Daniel Gariba, has any intention of becoming the parliamentary candidate of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the constituency, then the earlier he rescinds his decision, the better for him.
This is because some of NPP members have vowed to make it impossible for Mr Gariba to realise his MP ambition him, Today can report.
Speaking on condition of anonymity in a separate interview with Today at the weekend, some angry members of the governing party in the constituency, mincing no words, took a swipe at the DCE, describing him as a “crook, selfish and a manipulator.”
They all in the interviews accused him of manipulating the party’s constituency election which was held last year, where only his favourites emerged victorious.
They alleged that, Mr Gariba influenced the party’s constituency election with money and intimidation, “so that he could have his boys elected into executive positions in the party.”
“The (DCE) came from nowhere, he joined the NPP during the last election- through the instrumentality of the Upper East Regional Minister, Paulina Abayage- and today he wants to lord over us. Some of us will not allow this to happen because we have suffered enough for the NPP in this constituency,” one of the interviewees said.
The NPP member who claimed to be a leading member of the party in the Builsa South constituency alleged that Mr Gariba was using his position to intimidate other potential parliamentary aspirants of the party “so that he can go unopposed when nominations are opened.”
The Builsa South NPP member further alleged that the DCE “while his eyes are on the Builsa South seat, he is also manipulating to have one of his boys into an executive position of the party in the constituency to take over from him as the DCE.
“Our fear is that the DCE cannot unseat the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) of Builsa South, Dr Clement Apaak. Apaak is too tough for Gariba so we need somebody equally like Apaak’s caliber to contest in 2020,” the aggrieved NPP member said.
“If DCEs were to be elected, I don’t think Gariba would even win,” the NPP member added.
Another leading member of the NPP in the constituency also accused the DCE of creating disaffection amongst party members in the constituency, a situation, he said, if not checked, would affect the electoral fortunes of the party in the 2020 poll.
“Some of us who contested the constituency election, and lost have been sidelined in all party activities. Our constituency chairman is the bosom friend of the DCE, so we expect that the DCE will bring us all together since we are one family,” the NPP man said.
They, therefore, appealed to the regional and national executives of the party to, as a matter of urgency, call the DCE to order, and also advise him not to contest the parliamentary primary of the party if they want to win the seat.
“We’ll vote against him (DCE) if he is made our parliamentary candidate,” they warned.
Our investigations also at the constituency confirmed that, Mr Gariba was gradually making the NPP unattractive due his alleged escapades and involvement in fraudulent deals.
Meanwhile, our investigations at the seat of government have revealed that, another group of aggrieved members of the party in the constituency has petitioned President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to save the sinking image of the party by removing the DCE.
Story: Atta KWAKU BOADI
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