Leaves Bawumia To Struggle For Votes; As Wontumi Strips Naked To Shrine; Afoko and Agyapong Stuck In Accra
With only less than four days left for campaigning, the twice defeated New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, has tactically decided to stay away from the Talensi by-election in the Upper East Region, leaving other party members, including his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, to struggle for votes for the party.
Everything NPP; its parliamentary candidate; Thomas Duanab Wuni, Dr. Bawumia and the NPP Ashanti Regional Chairman, Bernard Antwi-Boasiako alias “Chairman Wontumi” is recording one of the worse moments in the Constituency, as people have refused to come out and hear them, even though the party currently occupies the parliamentary seat.
What is even worse, is that, National Chairman, Paul Afoko, and General Secretary, Kwabena Agyapong, are unable to storm the Talensi Constituency to campaign for their party and its Parliamentary candidate, because they have been banned from the region by pro-Akufo-Addo supporters, who have accused them for the killing of Adams Mahama, the party’s Regional Chairman through acid attack few months ago.
What sad is that, Mr. Afoko, whose younger brother, Gregory Afoko, is in police custody charged with the murder of Adams Mahama, is from the Upper East Region, and has an ailing sibling in Bolgatanga by name Joseph Afoko, a retired police officer, who he cannot visit, even his father as result of the ban.
Traditionally, the seat belonged to the NDC until the people ousted the party’s long time MP, John Akologo Tia, who had grown unpopular in the 2012 general election, replacing him with the now Paramount Chief of Talensi.
It is predicted barring any last minute hiccups that, the NDC Parliamentary candidate, BT Baba, will snatch the seat from the NPP, whose Presidential Candidate received less votes compared to John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Meanwhile, the Ashanti Regional Chairman, Bernard Antwi-Boasiako, announced his presence in the region when he was seen storming a shrine in Talensi half-naked, while canvassing for votes for the party in the upcoming by-election scheduled for next week.
“Wontumi”, a small scale miner, was seen half-naked, with five well-built men wearing only trousers marching to what is being speculated to be a shrine with their muscles flexed.
They were later seen sitting facing a very old man reportedly called Nana Tongo, said to be the legendary deity of the Tongo Traditional Area, to seek spiritual assistance on how to retain the Tuesday by-election after the MP, Robert Nachinab Mosore Doameng, was elevated to the higher office as the Paramount Chief of Tongo.
He is now bearing the title, Tongorana Kubilsong Nalebegtan.
Nana Tongo, wearing nothing except animal skin around his waist, according to information, couldn’t be consulted wearing modern clothes, reason the NPP delegation went bare-chested.
Interestingly, while Wontumi is seeking the fate of the party in the impending election, the NPP’s vice presidential candidate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, is not attracting an impressive campaign in the same Constituency.
Credible information emanating from the area, points to the fact that, the former deputy Bank of Ghana governor, is literally struggling to compete with the governing NDC who are reported to have almost moved the party’s forces from the headquarters in Accra, to the Constituency, led by Vice-President, Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur.
Dr. Bawumia and the entire NPP delegation, according to sources are fighting a lost battle. Nana Addo’s absence, this paper is informed is due to his desire to remain in Accra specifically in what has become known as Nima Flagstaff House, to receive party members from different parts of the country.
Insiders say, the three times presidential hopeful, has chosen to remain at his home at a time when the party needs him most to join in the campaign to retain the seat to serve the remaining one and half years.
It was explained that, Nana Addo, is aware his party won’t make any impart at the by-election, hence his is avoiding disgrace by staying in Accra.
Indeed, over the past few weeks, Nana Addo, after the NPP conducted majority of its Constituency elections for parliamentary candidates, has been seen doing nothing substantial, except to receive these candidates on a daily basis.
During these courtesy calls, Nana Addo, this paper has observed, takes the opportunity of the media to comment on national issues and most importantly strategies of the NPP going into next year’s general elections.
Some of the parliamentary candidates, who have stormed the Nima Residence of Nana Addo are, 22-year-old Francisca Oteng-Mensah of the Kwabre East Constituency, Abubakar Sidique; Madina- Abokobi, Adenta Constituency, Yaw Buabeng Asamoah; Eugene Antwi, candidate for Subin Constituency.
Others are, Bright Wireko Brobbey, candidate for Hemang Lower Denkyira; Elvis Morris Donkor, candidate for Abura/Asebu/Kwamankese; Frank Annoh-Dompreh, candidate for Nsawam Adoagyiri; and Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye, candidate for Ledzokuku.
The NDC Women Organiser, Joyce Zaynab Mahama, has denied claims the governing party was splashing money in its bid to snatch the Talensi seat from the NPP.
The NPP’s Youth Organizer, Sammy Awuku, had claimed that the electorates in the Constituency are being given GH¢1,000 each, bags of cement and other items.
But the NDC big woman said, the claims that the party is giving voters a GH¢1,000 to vote for its parliamentary candidate BT Baba are baseless, and unfounded, adding if the NDC, had that much money, it will invite the voters to Accra and share the monies to them here, instead of going all the way to Talensi to do so.
She was speaking on Adom FM’s morning show, ‘Dwaso Nsem,’ yesterday in response to the NPP accusation that, the governing NDC of vote-buying ahead of the Talensi by-election.
What is the point in campaigning when we know we could just give each voter money to win the seat, she asked.
She said, those spreading the lie know that NDC was winning the seat and that the only way they can console themselves was by spreading falsehood.
Hajia Mahama, said there was no way the NPP, would win the seat again.
She believes that the developmental projects undertaken by her party is reason enough for the constituents to vote for the NDC.
The seat belongs to the NDC and we are winning it. The people of Talensi, are not interested in money they are more concerned about things that improves their livelihood, she said.