for GHC6 Million
By Gifty Arthur
The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Alhaji Collins Dauda, has sued the suspended National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary candidate for Ejisu in the Ashanti Region GHc6 million, for associating him with a criminal conduct; bribery and corruption.
The case against Gloria Huzey, has been filed in a Kumasi High Court on behalf of the Minister by an Accra-based law firm, Law Trust.
Madam Gloria Huzey, had claimed on Nhyira FM, based in Kumasi that, Kwedu Afrifa Yamoah-Ponkoh, had to pay 4 billion old cedis to Alhaji Dauda, as bribe money, to have him renominated as the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Ejisu-Juabeng.
The Local Government Minister is, therefore embarking on the legal action to restore his image. He wants exemplary damages of Gh¢2, 000,000. 00. He also wants General Damages of Gh¢ 4,000,000.00, as well his legal cost and other cost.
He is also demanding “a retraction and apology by Defendant with the same prominence as the publication of the 30th day of November 2015 together with 3 publications on the front or back pages of the Daily Graphic Newspaper for 3 consecutive days”.
Meanwhile, the paramount chief of Ejisu Traditional Area, Nana Afrane Okese IV, has descended heavily on Gloria, who doubles as the Deputy Women’s Organizer of the governing NDC in the Ashanti Region, warning her to desist from interfering in the affairs of the municipality.
Nana Afrane Okese’s anger, stems from media reports that, Gloria warned President John Mahama, to withdraw the candidature of Yamoah-Ponkoh, as the MCE for Ejisu-Juabeng.
In her quest to ensure that, Mr. Yamoah-Ponkoh, is not nominated for the second time, Gloria, accused Alhaji Dauda of collecting Gh¢400.000 from former MCE, leading to his nomination.
The allegation, has led to her suspension from the party, after she failed to provide evidence to the regional party to back her claim.
Speaking on Accra-based Neat FM last week, Nana Afrane Okese, said the resistance by the woman, has no bases, especially so, when she does not come from the area.
The paramount chief, who could not come to terms with Gloria’s position said, “where have you heard in this country that an Ashanti man going to another area aside Ashanti, to choose their leader for them? That woman can’t dictate to Ejisu people, she is a total stranger. As the owner of the land, I like him”.
The paramount chief, who was very irritated by the comment of the embattled female politician, said if she was not excited about the former MCE’s coming back, she is free to go to her home region (Volta Region) to choose her choice of MCE.
Touching on the performance of the former MCE, Nana Afrane Okese said, “Since the inception of the municipality, no MCE, has performed as the re-nominated MCE, adding, he is the best candidate for the area.
He debunked claim that, Yamoah-Ponkoh, was a terror and that everybody, including chiefs were afraid of him, adding if Gloria is unable to substantiate her allegation against Alhaji Dauda, she should be sacked from the party, else the NDC would lose the election in that area.
Ending his submission, Nana Afrane Okese IV, commended President Mahama for re-nominating Yamoah-Ponkoh as the MCE, adding he will mobilize his people and come to the Flagstaff House to thank him for a good job.
“Tell John Mahama that we are grateful to him, he has given as our heart desire. We will come to Accra to thank him for selecting Yamoah Ponkoh. And when we come, the person who said he is a terror and that when we see him, we urinate on ourselves, that person will have to tell us”.
Since the re-nomination of the former management member of the Kumasi Ashanti Kotoko, some aggrieved supporters of the NDC, have asked President Mahama, to rescind his decision.
Weeks ago, with schnapps and eggs, some of them cursed anyone responsible for the re-nomination of the ex-MCE with the dreaded Antoa Nyamaa deity.
While, serving his first term, the party supporters called for Mr. Yamo-Ponkoh’s removal, claiming he did not support any party fateful, and have also underperformed.