Politics of Friday, 19 October 2018
Some aggrieved polling station executives of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Ketu South Constituency of the Volta Region who allegedly maligned the Ketu South Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Edem Elliot Agbenorwu, and the Constituency Chairman, Mr Wisdom Samuel Doe, Haligah, have landed themselves into big trouble.
These executives are Ben Sedewodzi, Zimba Akoussa, Kudzo Adoglo, Macfamous Kudoloh. And they are alleged to have been supported by the Ketu South Constituency Chairman of the party, Mr Gosoo Daniel Akpalu, to attack the MCE and Mr Doe Haligah.
Today was reliably informed by sources within the NPP in the area that Mr Daniel Akpalu was scheming to take over the substantive chairmanship position from Mr Doe Haligah, hence his plot to support the group to actualise his intended dream.
The troubles of these embattled executives, Weekend Today gathered, began when the chiefs, youth, constituency executives and coordinators of Ketu South of the NPP charged them to immediately render an unqualified apology to the MCE and Mr Doe Haligah, for their ‘unguarded actions’ against the two.
Failure by the polling station executives to retract their unguarded statement and apologise to the two high profile personalities would see them incur the displeasure of members and supporters of the NPP in the area, Weekend Today has learned.
Reacting to the development in a statement signed and issued by the leadership of the Ketu South Electoral Coordinators of the NPP in the persons of Equavoo Yaw Michael, Roland Vinyo, Emmanuel Amediwole and Austin Ameku, they asked, “How can you [referring to the polling station executives] speak like this?
The statement further quizzed: “We were surprised that the executives coming out from the NPP would tag their MCE and Mr Doe Haligah as corrupt, selfish, disrespectful and non-performing persons. What exactly where they trying to achieve?”
The statement, which was copied to Today in Accra yesterday, said: “We the executives of the coordinators of Ketu South of the Volta Region deem it very necessary to organise this press statement so as to distance ourselves from the egoistic tendencies of the polling station executives to create panic pandemonium in the constituency.”
“We want to make it clear that the disunity as claimed by the polling station executives is non-existence in the party in the area. This is because the coordinators together with constituency executives and communication teams have been meeting regularly,” the statement said.
The statement stressed that there was no auditing report from the Presiding Member (PM), Mr Simon Gbedevie, indicted the current MCE on misappropriation of funds.
According to the statement, the MCE was duly appointed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to address the social and infrastructure development challenges facing Ketu South municipality
“We the undersigned coordinators of the NPP want to inform all and sundry that the MCE and constituency chairman have not done anything untoward to merit dismissal,” the statement re-affirmed.
However, in an interview with Today, the Ketu South Constituency Secretary of the NPP, Mr Jarvis Koffie, described as blatant lies the allegation that most government contracts, which came through the assembly had all been awarded to known NDC sympathisers in the constituency.
“It is not true that the MCE has also turned the assembly into a haven for NDC sympathisers who wish nothing but the downfall of the party,’ he stressed sward.
Meanwhile, responding to the allegation the Ketu South Constituency Vice-Chairman of the NPP, Mr Gosoo Daniel Akpalu, described as “stupid and ridiculous” the allegation of him supporting the polling station executives to fire salvos at the MCE and his chairman.
According to him, the action by the polling station executives to organise the event was as a result of an earlier unprintable word the Constituency Chairman, Mr Wisdom Samuel Doe Haligah, hurled at them.
“Why would Mr Wisdom Samuel Doe Haligah as the Chairman go on a local radio in the area to say that the polling station executives are illiterate, uneducated,” Mr Akpalu asked.