NPP leadership in Anyaa/Sowutuom has jumped to the defence of their MP and Foreign minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey dismissing allegations of underhand dealings in the selection process for a Municipal Chief Executive.
In a statement endorsed by 12 Executive Committee members, the leaders say they are in charge of the selection process at the constituency level as directed by the regional executives.
They expressed dismay at the conduct of one of the applicants Dr. Adomako Kissi whom they have accused of peddling falsehood about the minister and MP for the area.
In the statement, the executives condemned the applicant for inciting the youths in the constituency against the minister.
According to them, Dr. Kissi’s view is misinformed by comments made by the constituency chairman who is also eyeing the position.
The constituency chairman reportedly told Dr. Kissi that his application had been ‘thrown into the dustbin’ after it reached the constituency office.
This claim reportedly incensed the applicant leading to insinuations that the minister is behind moves to dump Dr. Kissi out of the race.
“The Constituency Chairman Mr. Albert Ekow Sam lied totally that, the Constituency Secretary dumped Dr. Kissi application in the dustbin”, the statement signed by the 1st Vice Chairman Jonathan Attah Darku
They urged Dr. Kissi to restrain his supporters from badmouthing the minister through the media.
PRESS STATEMENT BY THE NPP EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF ANYAA/SOWUTUOM CONSTITUENCY TO SET THE RECORDS STRAIGHT ON ALLEGATIONS LEVELLED AGAINST THE MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT AND MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, HON. SHIRLEY AYORKOR BOTCHWEY.
TO ALL MEDIA HOUSES
This press statement has been necessitated by recent publications in the media almost on daily basis in the past two weeks over issues regarding the selection of a Municipal Chief Executive for the Ga Central Municipal Assembly.
Barely two months ago, party members who wish to become the Municipal Chief Executive for Ga Central Municipal Assembly submitted their application letters and CVs to the Party Office and in all five (5) applications were received from the following personalities;
Albert Ekow Sam
Dr. Emmanuel Lamptey
On 12 January 2017, a three (3) member committee from the regional office of NPP tasked with the responsibility to help recommend suitable applicants for the position of MMDCEsmet with the leadership of the party in the constituency to recommend names for consideration by the Regional Executive Committee.
The Constituency Executive Committee had by then received only three (3) applications. So recommendations were made based on the names that have been received. Dr. AdomakoKissi’s application was submitted much later.
However, Dr. Adomako Kissi led a group of young men and women to the Constituency Chairman, Mr. Albert Ekow Sam’sresidence to enquire about the state of his application since he personally handed two separate copies to him to be forwarded to Constituency Executive Committee.
At this said meeting, the Chairman informed them that Dr. Kissi’s application had been thrown into the dustbin by the Constituency Secretary Muhammed Bashiru.
This statement from the Chairman incensed the group to grant derogatory media coverages and demonstrate at the premises of TV Africa. The youth cast insinuations on the MP, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey accusing her of undermining Dr. Kissi.
We, the Constituency Executive Committee of Anyaa/ Sowutuom wish to state emphatically that,
1. The Constituency Chairman Mr. Albert Ekow Sam lied totally that, the Constituency Secretary dumped Dr. Kissi application in the dustbin.
We are however not too surprised about this unguarded statement from the Chairman because He is also an applicant for the MCE position.
2. At no point was the MP, Hon.ShirleyAyorkorBotchweyinvolved in the entire process. This is the full mandate of the Constituency Executives.
3. Dr. Kissi failed to act responsibly as a true party member.He did not verify all these allegations from the constituency office before inciting his supporters to go on a media rampage to accuse the Hon. Member of parliament and Minister for Foreign Affairs unjustifiably.
We are assuring all applicants that their applications would be given the needed attention by the appropriate authorities.
JONATHAN ATTAH DARKU
(1ST VICE CHAIRMAN)
AMBROSE EDWARD TSEGAH 2nd VICE CHAIRMAN
MOHAMMED BASHIRU SECRETARY
NII AYI ARYEE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
AMPONSEM ASAFO ADJEI DEPUTY ORGANIZER
OSEI ASENSO FRED RESEARCH & ELECTIONS OFFICER
JANET LAMPTEY WOMEN ORGANIZER
JAMES DARKO FINANCIAL SECRETARY
HAJIA MARIAMA ALI TREASURER
ROSEMOND ADDAI DEPUTY WOMEN ORGANIZER
SHUAIB ABDALLAH NASARA COORDINATOR
SAMUEL LARBIE DEPUTY YOUTH ORGANIZER