There is a looming tension in the Afram Plains constituency of the opposition National Democratic Congress in the Eastern Region, as a group calling itself concerned youth of Afram Plains have petitioned the national executives of the party to take disciplinary action against their constituency executives as well as some regional executives to expel them from the party.
The six page petition signed by nineteen members of the party alleged the constituency executives as well as some regional executives of the party, used logistics and funds meant for the party to campaign for the NPP Parliamentary Candidate against the NDC candidate who is the incumbent Member of Parliament, Hon Eric Osei Owusu in the 2016 elections.
The group alleged the constituency chairman, Richard Boamah, secretary as well as some executives said on a local radio station they will not campaign for their candidate since they were not obliged to do so.
The petition written in May, 2017 had been treated as an internal party affair until some members of the group leaked the document to the media recently, which has ignited and sparked controversies in the region.
The group accused the Eastern Regional Chairman, Secretary and deputy secretary, Bismark Tawiah Boateng, Mark Oliver Kevor and Annor Dompreh respectively for backing the Afram Plains Constituency executives logistically and financially to campaign against their candidate; a situation that reduced the party’s votes by three thousand (3000), all because the regional secretary who was eyeing the parliamentary seat was not allowed to contest on the party’s ticket.
Speaking in an interview with the Eastern Regional Secretary, Mark-Oliver Kevor on Okwawu FM, an Nkawkaw based radio station, he denied the allegation. He expressed disappointment over the conduct of the group for disregarding structures in the party where one can channel their grievances and washing their dirty linen in the media.
He said ‘’I only went to Deideiso in the Afram Plains constituency to cast my vote and continued to other places in the region to observe the elections, later, i went back to Koforidua so if anyone claims to have seen me sharing monies and other items to people to vote against the parliamentary candidate, they should come out and substantiate. I think there are some people behind the group encouraging them to malign some of us because internal elections to elect party executives is approaching, but if that is their strategy, then it will fail.’’
Mr. Mark Oliver advised that, the most important thing for party faithfuls to do is to help reorganize the party than to think of campaigning for a preferred candidate while nominations have not even been opened.
‘’If there is a particular executive you abhor so much, don’t malign them, the best thing to do is to vote against them during the party’s internal elections than to damage people’s hard won reputations,’’ he said.
He therefore admonished all party members to help in the reorganization exercise being organized by the party than to engage in activities that can break the party.
Meanwhile, a signatory to the petition, Patrick Atietsogbe speaking on the issue said he was not privy to the petition and that the petitioners forged his signature.
‘’No one told me they were petitioning the national executives and I don’t know the content of the petition… this means they forged my signature which amounts to criminal offense and i am going to take legal action against them,’’ he said.
Story by : Nana Yaa Amanfo/Okwawufm.com