A member of the NDC national ZONGO caucus working committee, Hadji Mustaphar has bemoaned the influence of money in the just ended parliamentary primaries of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), describing it as an auction (donkomi) not an election.
According to him, majority of the outcome of the Saturday primaries were influenced by money and not competence or ability to impact good governance in the country.
It comes after allegations of vote-buying in the primaries. Some candidates were reported to have paid hefty amounts to delegates in order to secure their votes.
Where did they get the money from?
The thievery and milking of the state is in full glare of the day.
Daniel Okyem Aboagye who has congratulated the Deputy Chief of Staff has accepted his defeat but thinks had it not been the sharing of monies and goodies, the story would have been different.
“To be honest with you, money played part, a lot of goodies, and monies and other things played a big part . . . at the end of the day whether it is money or not he has won . . . I am okay with the outcome,” he stated.
The incumbent MP who was beaten with a margin of 334 votes said he expected a close contest but for money.
“I was expecting a margin of about 20, 30 at most for somebody to beat somebody,” he said, adding that some of the delegates eventually switched at a bigger price to his disadvantage.
“It played a bigger bigger part . . . of course it is part of the process,” he said, while admitting to the fact that money is a part of the electoral process.
Francis Asenso-Boakye had 456 of total votes cast and Daniel Okyem Aboagye had 122 according to the Electoral Commission returning officer.
Earlier delegates in the constituency started jubilating after three stronghold centres of the incumbent MP were declared in Asenso-Boakye’s favour.
According to them, since Asenso-Boakye won in all the three centres, ‘it was a foregone conclusion.
THE truth must be told the parliamentary primaries positions were Autioned to the highest bidder is as simple as ABC.
Hon Hadji mustaphar ✍🏽
A proud member of the NDC national ZONGO caucus working committee