Koforidua, Dec. 10 (Graphic) -- Fourteen members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who were alleged to have openly identified themselves with the National Democratic Congress (NDC) before, during and after the December general election in the Yilo Krobo Constituency in the Eastern Region have been dismissed from the party.
The group, which was said to have jubilated alongside NDC supporters after the results of the elections had been declared, include Nicholas Addai, Okyeame Otum, Matthew Bawa, Moses Tetteh Kwao,Alex Adjirackor,Johny Barrows, Raphael Odonkor, Stephen Nartey, John Lartey, alias Carpenter,Agyei Paddy,John Tetteh Kwasi,alias Olani, Desmond Afutu, Philip Okunor and I.K Charkitey.
They were said to have been seen on the dais at the NDC parliamentary primary and during rallies and also alleged to have,on the eve of the general election, incited NPP members against its polling agents,some opinion leaders and Dademantsemei (chief farmers)to the effect that they had been given huge sums of money to be distributed to the party members which they failed to do.
A statement issued on December 29, 2004 by the constituency executive after their “clandestine activities,aimed at undermining the NPP for their selfish gains,were detected and they were suspended,they refused to show remorse”.
The statement, which was copied to the Eastern Regional Chairman of the party, Nana Kofi Adi-Ankamah, as well as the General Secretary of the NPP,Mr Dan Botwe,and made available to the press,also said their campaign for the NDC sent a wrong message to the electorate and that made the President to obtain fewer votes, compared with that of the parliamentary candidate, Sub Lt Tettey.
According to the statement,the group also openly distributed money to people to vote against Sub Lt Tettey, saying that though that did not work, it created a lot of agitations and tension in the constituency on voting day.
It further stated that as a party in government,it needed disciplined,loyal, dedicated and committed members to sustain power and that after a careful deliberation, it had no option but to dismiss them, since they had identified themselves with the NDC and had, therefore, become traitors.
The statement, which indicated that anyone who transacted business with the 14 dismissed people in the name of the NPP did so that at his or her own risk, warned that their fate should serve as a deterrent to others.