….With A Text Message
By Cecil Mensah
Madam Ursula Gifty Owusu, the sitting Member of Parliament (MP) for Ablekuma West Constituency, has re-enacted the story of ex-President Jerry John Rawlings and his onetime Special Aide, Victor Smith by dismissing her Constituency Chairman, Theophilus Tetteh, through a text message.
Barely eight months into her tenure as an MP on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Ursula is not having things easy in the Ablekuma West Constituency, and it is clear she is on her way to become a “One Term MP”.
The NPP Constituency executives accused her of arrogance, insult and total disrespect for them.
Recently, she sent a text message to Mr. Tetteh, who was instrumental in her election, telling him she does not need him.
The text read; “I do not need you, Nii Narh needs you more. Leave the Constituency because I do not need you as chairman”
Mr. Tetteh read the text , while speaking on an Accra-based Adom FM Morning Show, hosted by Captain Smart in reaction to Monday’s edition of The Herald headlined: “Ablekuma NPP To Sack Pompous Ursula Owusu”.
According to the party chairman, the disrespectful attitude of the MP happened even before she won the December 7, 2012 parliamentary election.
He said, since Madam Owusu assumed office as the MP for Ablekuma West, she has deliberately refused to attend party meetings with an excuse that she does not have a party chairman.
Ursula, he said, has even gone ahead to establish a Constituency office at Dansoman Exhibition, when the party had a functioning office.
Mr. Tetteh recalled how he and other colleagues had to work hard to ensure victory for Ursula, although she had indicated to him she does not need him in the party to win the seat.
According to him, executives of the Constituency are surprised by the attitude of the MP.
He disclosed that thirteen invitations have been sent to the MP to attend meetings, but she had deliberately refused to show up at the meetings, with an excuse that she cannot work with illiterate executives who she said were mainly Poultry Farmers.
“I do not need to be friend with Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to work for the party, it is the party NPP that binds us together and not one individual”, the Constituency chairman posited.
Mr. Tetteh also revealed that he has reported the conduct of the MP through a petitioned to the NPP Regional executives to have the issue resolved amicably to enable them work for victory in 2016.
Madam Ursula, who also spoke on the same show, admitted sending the message on November 9, 2012 to the chairman, but said, it is pathetic on the part of the chairman to interpret the text message as wanting him out of the Constituency.
“Am still in possession of the message I sent to the chairman”, when the Constituency was divided into two, I asked the chairman to join Nii Narh, the then NPP parliamentary candidate for Ablekuma South as the chairman and not Ablekuma West.
She narrated how the NPP Regional Chairman, Ishmael Ashitey visited the Constituency to brief the executives on the party’s preparation for December 7, polls, where it came to the fore that the party would not be going to primaries to elect executives for the newly-created Constituencies by the Electoral Commission (EC), since the general elections was close.
According to the MP, she took the decision to direct the chairman to opt for Ablekuma South as the chairman, because she was elected as the party’s candidate as far back as April, 2011.
She described Nii Narh as a political neophyte who had just been elected as the party’s candidate for Ablekuma South Constituency, since she had opted for Ablekuma West.
To her, it is only people with warp minds who will come to such a conclusion that she was sacking Constituency chairman.
So I asked him to opt for the newly created Constituency to enable him support Nii Narh.
The MP further denied telling people that the chairman was a mere poultry farmer, adding that her mother was once a poultry farmer. “I have sold charcoal before; it is only by the grace of God that I have attained this height in society”.
She, therefore, challenged people accusing her that she had called the chairman a poultry farmer to tell the world where and when she said that.