August 23, 2011

The Minister of Food and Agriculture, Kwesi Ahwoi and four other members of the Agona East constituency branch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have declared their intention to contest the forth coming parliamentary primary.

Eric Kobina Turkson, Manager of Dukes Petroleum Company, George Yankah of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) and Martin Luther Obeng, District Chief Executive for Agona East are the other contestants.

The Constituency Secretary, Samuel Oscar Mensah, told journalists that Maame Pokuah Sawyer, a real estate developer had picked her nomination forms and paid GH¢200 for it.

He said the aspirant would also pay GH¢2,000 when returning the completed forms as demanded by the rules and regulations of the party.

He said the others who had declared their intention are yet to pick up their forms. Mr. Mensah said members wishing to contest the primary had between August 15 and September 15 to collect and submit their completed forms.

He appealed to Mrs. Sawyer to conduct a clean campaign devoid of insults, character assassination and division to ensure peace and tranquility in the NDC. Meanwhile, executives of the constituency have denied allegations of bribery leveled against them.

Oscar Mensah told journalists it is not true that eight of them collected GH¢5,000 from a female parliamentary aspirant to support her candidature.

He described the allegation as a calculated attempt to throw dust into eyes of party members in the Agona East constituency.

Mr. Mensah said no executive member had received the said amount from any of the five aspirants as being peddled in the constituency by some leading members of the NDC. He said those peddling the falsehood should stop because it could breed disunity and hatred in the party.