About one hundred and sixty Constituency and ward executives of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Ga West Municipal Assembly of the Greater Accra Region have petitioned the President John DramaniMahama to sack their Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Samuel AttuquayeQuaye over his numerous corrupt practices in the area.
The petition dated February 9, 2016 and intercepted by The Heraldhad the signature of Mr. Edmund Palmer Quarshie, the Constituency Secretary for Trobu.
The petition was copied to the following: the President, Chief of Staff, National Chairman of the NDC, General Secretary of the party,National Organizer of the party and the Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the party.
According to the petition, the call for a 56 percent victory for the President John DramaniMahama has necessitated the need for writingthE petition to redeem the two ConstituenciesTrobuand Amasaman for the NDC.
‘We the members of the NDC in the Ga West municipality are hereby calling for the immediate removal of the Municipal Chief Executive, Sam Attuquayequaye to halt the creeping apathy in the area, as a result of his misdeeds and mismanagement’.
The petition assigning reasons for the removal of the MCE said there is high level of open corruption on the part of the MCE which is contributing to apathyamong members and thereby affecting the desire of the people to even go to the polls come November 7, 2016 to vote.
The petition stated that notable among them was the wicked demolishing done by the MCE which he claimed was an order from the Presidency.
The petitionadded that the demolishing by theMCE affected mostly NDC party sympathizers in the area.
The petitionsaid a stretch of buildings at pokuase junction starting from the Melbond Microfinance building and ends at Biege capital office which were supposed to be part of the demolition exercisewere left by the MCE because it was alleged hetook some monies from the owners.
Few months after the demolition exercise“we were shocked to hear that the MCE has given away the state land which became available as results of the demolitionexercise to private individuals for the construction of stores,in which is the largest shareholder.
The petition noted that MCE hadcollected an amount of 150 Ghana Cedis from all the women and shop owners as penalty and given them inappropriate receipts.
The statement said the MCE was neck deep in the sale of the Assembly lands and as well as the collection of huge kickbacks from the developers of such state lands.
The petition said the MCE continue to use government structures to have his way in the area.
On January 28, 2015 the MCE sold 14.04 acres of the Assembly land only for 300,000 Ghana Cedis without the knowledge and approval of the general Assembly.
The petition alleged that the MCE took kickbacks from purchaser namely, Unique Development Company Ltd and out of that put up a party office for the Amasaman Constituency.
The petition further alleged that the MCEsold a plot of land in a prime area ofAmasaman at a paltry amount of 5,000 Ghana Cedis when the current price of a plot of land in a prime area in the Amasamanarea was over 100,000 Ghana Cedis.
According to the petition, the MCE’s open corruption in the Assembly is reducing the popularity of the Government and as such thwarting the efforts of the President in the two Constituencies.
The statement said the MCE has no respect for the party executives and wound openly tell executives that his more than ready to leave office any moment the President would ask him to leave office and he would organize a press conference to thank him because he has had enough.
The petition concluded that to ensure peace in this election,“we would plead with your high office to expedite action on our petition in the light of fairness since the MCE has openly told us that he pays regular amount of money to the regional executives and that any effort t for his removal would be a waste of time.