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12.06.2007 General News

Tension hits NPP

By myjoyonline

Tension is mounting in the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) over what has come to be the stock in trade of some aspirants who are dishing out monies to delegates to ostensibly woo them to their side before the December 15 delegates congress of the party.

The Independent reported some aspirants are bracing themselves up for a showdown with a colleague aspirant who are said to be flying money in the air wherever and whenever they meet with the party's delegates in the constituencies.

The information revealed that as part of the strategy to get one par1icular aspirant elected some District, Municipal and Metropolitan Chief Executives are being scared with dismissals and possible prosecution if they should refuse to support that aspirant.

The Independent said its sources within the NPP said one Paul Afoko, believed to be close to Mr. Kwadwo Mpiani, Chief of Staff and Minister for Presidential Affairs, is leading that onslaught against the chief executives who say they are confused and frightened by that development.

To lend a helping hand to him in his machination, Paul Afoko is said to have recruited Mr Amin Anta, Tamale Municipal Chief Executive, Emmanuel Asigri, DCE for Garu Tempane, Razak Awudulai, Kintampo North DCE and George Hikah Benson, Deputy Upper West Regional Minister.

Mr Afoko has already been to the three northern regions and succeeded in frightening some DCEs to throw their weight behind his preferred candidate on whose behalf he is flying money all around.

The Independent said one of such meetings, at which such “monecracy” was at its best, took place on Saturday at Techiman in the Brong Ahafo region.

Paul Afoko and his cronies assembled all the 10-member executive from each of the 24 constituencies in the region to Techiman to do some politicking on behalf of one of the numerous aspirants of the NPP.

In the end, all the 240 potential delegates that took part in the Techiman meeting walked away with ¢1 million each plus an additional ¢60,000 each to cater for their transport cost.

Credit: The Independent