Secret Tape Reveals Vote Buying, Importation Of Malians Into EC Register, Misusing Clergymen, Workers’ Strikes Among Dirty Tactics
The New Patriotic Party (NPP), which prides itself as apostles of rule of law, has been caught devising anti-democracy tactics.
A freshly leaked secret tape from an NPP closed-door meeting, has revealed that the party was against a free, fair and transparent 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections. It also uncovers the real intent of the NPP behind its forceful call both home and abroad for a fresh electoral register for the forthcoming general elections.
Attendees in the secret gathering, discussed inciting workers’ strike actions, vote buying, importing one million Malians into the electoral register, courting the support of the minority political parties, getting the Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Togo borders closed to have an unfair edge over their opponents.
The well-orchestrated secret meeting, held in February this year in the Eastern Region, has exposed the NPP, its leader, together with his vice presidential candidate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and others, scheming to win the 2016 Presidential and Parliamentary elections by fowl means.
The February 13-14 meeting, said to have been attended by bigwigs of the party at the Capital View Hotel, Koforidua, leaked on both social and mainstream media, outlines sinister agendas by the Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition, ahead of next year’s general elections.
It comes months after another tape also from the Eastern Region, exposed a former Finance and Economic Planning Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo, where in a secret meeting with the region’s executives, registered his displeasure about the inability of the five Akan-speaking regions, whom in his mind are endowed with the nation’s natural resources, are denied the opportunity to govern the country.
All Members of Parliament (MP), Council of Elders, Regional Chairmen and former party executives such as, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, a former National Chairman, attended the meeting inside the Capital View Hotel.
One of the attendees, a male who was heard on the tape, outlined various evil-intended motives to be unleashed on Ghanaians before and during the 2016 elections.
The NPP, which is in its seventh year in opposition, per the tape believes strongly that importing one million Malians into Ghana and having them registered by the Electoral Commission (EC) is the surest way to win the crucial 2016 parliamentary and presidential elections.
The inclusion of nationals from Mali, it is believed is the reason behind the NPP’s call led by Nana Akufo-Addo to get the EC to change the current biometric register used for the 2012 elections so that, the party can execute it agenda to get these foreign nationals registered.
Recently, the NPP General Secretary, Kwabena Agyapong, also stormed the offices of the Peoples National Convention (PNC) to lobby its leadership to support the call for a fresh electoral register.
After completing that plan to get “roughly one million Malian nationals, the NPP according to the tape, will get the leaders of Ghana’s neighbours, Ivory Coast, Togo and Burkina Faso to close their entry points to Ghana on the day of election to prevent other nationals from coming into Ghana to vote for other political parties.
The lengthy tape, confirms the recent claims of the Okere MP, Daniel Kweku Botwe that, the NPP MPs, were behind most industrial strikes action and demonstrations in the country by identifiable workers groups including, Ghana Medical Association (GMA).
He made the assertion on live radio when he was provoked by Nana Addo’s cousin, Gabby Asare-Otchere Darko, on why the opposition NPP MPs, were not making the John Mahama government unpopular through pressure.
The former General Secretary of the NPP, mentioned as habouring a presidential ambition, thus denied heading Nana Addo’s 2016 campaign manager slot, is quoted as saying “Any gimmicks, demonstrations, we have been doing them; there is no demonstration in town that the major input is not coming from the Minority MPs- ask those who organize those demonstrations”.
Even in opposition, the tape said that, the NPP would make the effort to dole out moneys to voters to entice them to vote for them on Election Day in December 2016.
“There is nothing wrong for the NPP providing incentives to voters either on the eve of elections or the D-day in order to win votes. Once the decision has been made, the selection of the best form of incentives must take into account the geographical needs of the electorates in those constituencies” the tape disclosed.
The 2016 election campaign, which will be conducted in a “Multi-campaign environment” to be started this month by the party’s flagbearer, will also seek to entice the media to portray the NPP as the most suitable organization to replace the John Mahama led National Democratic Congress (NDC), which the unnamed speaker describes as an “obviously obnoxious and incompetent NDC government”.
“We must operate in a multi-campaign environment; while the Presidential candidate is undertaking the strategic visits to the selected identifiable groups in 2016, we should concurrently be addressing behind the scenes issues such as budgeting, fundraising, procurement of logistics and selection of our parliamentary candidates”, he said.
The international community, especially countries such as the United States of America (USA), Germany and the United Kingdom (UK), the clergy, which the NPP has been in bed with over the period leading to The Herald’s disclosure of a meeting held in ex-president Kufuor’s house, will be used against the NDC government to ensure that it is kicked out of government, next year.