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26.08.2004 NPP News

Alhaji Bamba Accuses NPP Of Selling Seat

By Evening News

Embattled former Deputy Minister of Presidential Affairs, Alhaji Moctar Musah Bamba, has accused the leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) of selling the Wenchi East seat to Professor George Gyan-Baffour, Director-General of the National Development Planning Commission.

He said some top party officials worked vigorously behind the scene to make sure that he lost the primaries. Alhaji Bamba, who is the incumbent MP for Wenchi East, polled 35 of the 91 votes cast against 56 obtained by his rival, Professor Gyan-Baffour.

In an interview with 'The Evening News' yesterday, shortly after the declaration of the results, Alhaji Bamba said he would contest as an independent candidate to defend the seat because he was not satisfied with the results.

“My decision to go solo is irrevocable and so the NPP can do whatever it thinks best to it,” he said.

Alhaji Bamba said, “Even if I had won the primaries, I would not have worked with the regional secretariat because most of the executives wanted my downfall. I know them, but I will not mention names.”

He alleged that his rival was disqualified from the contest during the vetting on the basis that he had no party identity card and wondered how the party “threw norms to the dogs' and still allowed him to be in the race.

'Alhaji Bamba said he is one person that the NPP cannot do away with. "But if now they do not want my services, then, I am going independent which is irrevocable.”

According to him, if there was someone being loved by the President, John Agyekum Kufuor, “then it is him, Bamba. The President knows my worth, knows what I have done and can do for the party.”

“However, it is unfortunate that some party members have gone an extra mile to ensure that Bamba is no more on the scene,” he added. He further touched on the Emirate Investment Unibank scandal and alleged that some top party officials planned to taint his image to make sure that he did not retain his parliamentary position.

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