December 15, 2010

National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Ablekuma South Constituency, Fritz Baffuor is calling the bluff of vociferous New Patriotic Party (NPP) activist, Ursula Owusu, over her claims that he rigged his way through the parliamentary elections in the constituency.

Ursula Owusu, who is lining up to topple Fritz Baffuor in the 2012 general election, alleged on an Accra based radio, Oman FM that the NDC did not win the Ablekuma South seat on merit, but by certain forms of electoral malpractices.

Ms Owusu, who also is the Vice President of FIDA International, recalled that she was a polling station agent for the NPP in 2008 at the Home Care Nursery Polling Station in the constituency. She said even though the NPP won in the polling station, the results were altered in favour of the NDC at the collating centre.

However reacting to the allegations on XFM 95.1, a privately owned commercial radio station in Accra, Fritz Baffuor challenged Ms Owusu to go ahead with her threats of unseating him as an MP, adding, “we would see who would come up tops”.

Reacting to her direct allegation that he benefitted from some electoral malfeasances in the Ablekuma South constituency, Mr Baffour wondered why Ms Owusu would keep quiet over the issue until now “when there is a blue paper that everybody signs”, adding “what did she sign, and what was there?”

“The fact is, I am the sitting MP, I was sworn in. My opponent then, took me to court, he lost it. If she wants to go to court and she thinks she has the ground for it, fine. She should bring the evidence that I rigged the election. How could I have rigged the election when they (the NPP) were in power?”

Mr Baffour however admitted that Ursula has resorted to this tactic to taint his image because of the developments he was bringing to the constituency.

“This is the first of her tactics to try to undermine the fact that I have been doing a lot of good work in the constituency. I do not want to comment too much on this. I am saying that, I am the sitting MP of Ablekuma South right up to 2012. After 2012, if she wants to come and stand, she can. This is democracy. Sending this kind of signal to malign me though I think it is unfair, it is up to her”.

“The thing is, when the time comes and I still am the candidate for the NDC, she should come on, and we would see who would come up tops”.

“I find it very, very unfair that a lady whom I have some kind of respect for will come up with something as horrid as this one,” he lamented.

Source: X FM