November 27, 2015

The Gomoa Central Constituency executives of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) party have refuted claims by their Member of Parliament for the area; Rachel Appoh that she induced electorates in the party’s just ended primaries to reduce the NO votes against President John Mahama.

According to the party leaders, the MP was not in a position to have bribed over 4,000 voters, adding that the only expenses incurred by their representative in Parliament was catering for the traveling expenses of the voters who had to travel from afar to the designated polling centres.

Hon. Rachel Appoh who is also a former deputy Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection told Kasapa FM that had it not been through her tireless efforts, the dissenting votes of NO against President John Dramani Mahama who ran unopposed in last weekend’s primaries would have been high in her constituency.

She told Fiifi Banson in an interview on Anopa Kasapa Monday that she had to pay money to appease some of her constituents to reconsider their decision of voting NO against the President.

She said going into Saturday’s Presidential and Parliamentary primaries of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), a lot of her constituents who are members of the umbrella family were peeved for being denied a share of the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) initiative spearheaded by the Ministry of Gender and Social Protection.

“I worked tirelessly before managing to reduce the NO VOTE against the President. The people wanted to vote against President Mahama because they feel they have been denied the LEAP initiative by the Gender and Social Protection Ministry. If you look at the District LEAP initiative poverty ranking, we are second and so my people do not understand why they should be denied that initiative,” she lamented.

But speaking to Kwaku Owusu Adjei on Si Mi So on Kasapa 102.3 FM, Thursday, Communications Director of the Gomoa Central Constituency, Emmanuel Akyer emphasized that voters who endorsed President Mahama did that out of their own volition.

“Any voter who voted YES did so in his/her own assertion based on the performance of the President who has brought a lot of development by ways of schools, numerous CHPS compounds and basic school infrastructure.”

He on behalf of the constituency executives assured the President, MP and the party of victory in both the Presidential and Parliamentary elections in 2016.