Yaro Bameezina Philip, Ghana Freedom Party’s (GFP’s) parliamentary candidate for today’s by-election in the Talensi constituency of the Upper East Region, has threatened he would not vote for himself unless the founder of his party, Akua Donkor, gives him his share of an amount of GH¢30,000 reportedly given her as campaign cash.
Mr Bameezina Philip alleged that controversial politician and farmer Akua Donkor, founder of GFP, had selfishly pocketed the entire amount of GH¢30,000 given to her as funds for today’s election. He, however, didn’t give an indication as to where the money had come from but there are strong indications that the ruling party is sponsoring all the smaller parties – possibly to derail the largest opposition party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), from winning the poll.
According to Mr Bameezina, Akua Donkor’s conduct was thwarting his chance of winning the election, though the constituents were already calling him ‘in-coming MP,’ an indication he was the favourite candidate likely to win the election.
‘Everybody is campaigning but what Akua Donkor is doing is not the best. In the north here, you can’t do politics without pushing money…They have given you the money, something like 300 million cedis [GH¢30,000] and you don’t want to give me a pesewa. Should I use my own money for the campaign? You were on your knees begging me to stand for you and now you don’t want to push money,’ Bameezina Philip, sounding frustrated, told Citi Fm on Monday.
The GFP candidate reiterated, ‘People have started calling me ‘in-coming MP.’ Don’t be surprised I will not even vote for myself on that day because what she started yesterday I’m not happy with her and I want the whole world to know that this woman is not a correct woman.
‘All the posters I did myself. Going to and from Accra, I paid my own bills. And the youth are saying that I have been given the money, but I don’t want to spend it,’ Bameezina Philip bemoaned further.
Akua Donkor has, however, denied the allegation by her candidate.
She claims to have been the sole sponsor and financier of the GFP since its formation.
‘I am a resourceful farmer capable of funding whatever endeavour I undertake. What is more expensive than forming and running a political party?’ she told Kassapa FM.
Today’s by-election in Talensi became necessary after the resignation of the former parliamentarian for the area, Robert Nachinab Mosore.
He was serving Talensi on the ticket of the NPP when he was enskinned Tongo chief under the name, Tongorana Kubilsong Nalebegtan.
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