By Cecil Mensah
An astute politician, Mr. Adu Twum, together with several polling station coordinators in the Okaikoi Central of the Greater Accra Region, have dumped their mother party, the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the ruling National Democratic Party (NDC), citing improprieties and maltreatments, as the reason for their defection.
The current Member of Parliament (MP) for Okaikoi Central, Patrick Yaw Boamah, is also accused of being a curse unto the NPP, driving away all supporters of Nana Akufo-Addo in the Constituency to advance Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanten’s presidential ambition.
Mr. Twum, who has been a member of the NPP, since its oral stages told The Herald in the Tesano residence of an NDC member (name withheld) in the Okaikoi Central Constituency that he wants to be assisted to publicly announce his defection and that of his subordinate polling station executives to the ruling NDC.
My brother “I sold my BMW vehicle in the early days of 1992 to support Mr. Darko Mensah, a former MP for Okaikoi North as part of my contribution to the party”.
The sixty-eight (68) year-old man, who claims to have been a Polling Station Coordinator in the Constituency, surprisingly accused the MP for Okaikoi Central, Mr. Boamah of being the bane of the NPP in the Constituency.
According to him, Mr. Boamah, has strategically ostracized some supporters from the party; because he believed are supporters of the twice defeated presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo.
He said, Mr. Boamah tactfully expunged their names and pictures from the Constituency photo album, thereby, preventing him and several of his colleagues from voting in the last Constituency elections, as well as the just ended Regional elections after twenty years of dedicated service to the party.
Mr. Twum, accused the sitting MP of doing the bidding of Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, a former Trade, Industry and Presidential Special Initiatives (PSI) Minister, the avowed rival of Nana Akufo-Addo in the race to lead the party for the 2016 presidential elections.
Mr. Boamah and his supporters, he said have created factions in the Constituency, who accuse Nana Addo’s supporters, including him of hobnobbing with elements in the NDC, so as to demonize and have them ostracized.
Mr. Twum, alleged that the MP during the 2012 elections, organized some thugs from the Fadaama area to storm his residence to collect an amount of GH¢1,000 he (MP) had given him for the organization of polling station executives to police the ballot.
He admitted that he is sixty-eight years and would not want to be creating enemies for himself at the final stages of his life because of politics.
The man, who best qualifies as an NPP founding father in the Constituency, further accused the sitting MP of eroding the gains of the party, Nana Addo and members of his campaign team and have made the Constituency impossible to have for the party retain.
Angered by the actions of the MP, he said, he would soon organize his many colleagues, who have also been ditched by the MP to announce their defection to the NDC.
When The Herald contacted the MP, to react to the claims leveled against him by the septuagenarian, he admitted he knew him, but denied ever organizing people to ransack his house over GH¢1,000.
He explained that the issues in question bother on criminality and dragging of his name in the mud.
“I am calling the Tesano Divisional Commander for all the necessary actions to be taken to have the issue investigated. This has the potential to drag my name in the mud and attack my integrity as MP,” he said and appealed to this reporter to assist the police with their investigations into the issue.
On the issue of the expunging of the names of the supposed Nana Addo supporters, he flatly denied it, stating that he does not play the role of electoral officer cum MP.
“My brother, I am not the electoral officer of the party, so I cannot go round expunging the names of polling station executives from the photo album and register of the party”, he told The Herald.