A troublesome cloud seems to be gathering in the Berekum constituency of the NPP following the takeover of power from the constituency executive members by 70 polling station agents after a vote of no confidence has been passed against the executive members. Ã‚Â
The move was as a result of a meeting held by the polling station agents on 17th May, 2009 at Berekum.
The polling station agents have accused the constituency executive members of various acts of commission, omission, gross negligence and incompetence.Ã‚Â According to them, the constituency executives have lost total favour and respect in the constituency and as such can not command the needed support of the teeming supporters of the NPP in the constituency.
Speaking to DAILY GUIDE, Mr. Agyekum Ababio, spokesperson of the group, said after the general elections which saw the party losing power, the constituency executive members have shown indifference in the affairs of the party. He said several attempts made by the polling station agents for them to call a meeting to see the way forward had fallen on deaf ears, and that the only meeting that the executive members called was to use the occasion to insult them. Ã‚Â
He noted that when members wanted the Constituency Chairman, Mr. Stephen Kwaku Kankam, to account for all monies he had received on behalf of the party, he flared up in anger and rained insults on them.Ã‚Â The Constituency Chairman allegedly told the polling station agents that he used his own money to sponsor the party in the run-up to the general elections and for that reason, he was not accountable to anyone.
Mr. Agyekum said the Kankam-led executive had turned the party into a personal property and treat the polling station agents as people who do not matter in the party even though they know elections are won or lost at the polling stations. Ã‚Â
He added that since they were voted into office, the executive had acted like Overlords when it comes to matters concerning the welfare of the party. Ã‚Â
According to Mr. Agyekum, but for the extra efforts made by the polling station agents and other stakeholders of the party in the run-up to the 2008 general elections, the party would have lost the seat because the constituency executives were indifferent during the electioneering period.
The polling station agents have since informed the National Chairman of the NPP, Mr. Mac Manu, and the Brong Ahafo Regional executives of their decision.