Against MP Nii Armah Ashitey over
His Divide & Rule Policy, Promised to Spell Doom for NDC if He is retained
By: Prosper Agbenyega
The Greater Accra Regional Minister and NDC Member of Parliament for Klottey Korle Constituency is accused of dividing the whole constituency thereby creating serious enmity among members of the great ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The constituents, as well as members of the party are uncomfortable with the leadership style of their MP, referring to his leadership as being nothing short of a “divide and rule.”
In an interview with some of the aggrieved party faithfuls within the constituency, they averred that immediately after Nii Ashitey was elected MP, he has succeeded in driving majority of their constituency executives out of office. “He coined the teams ‘TEAM A’ for his supposed loyal supporters and ‘TEAM B’ for his imaginary enemies,” a supporter stated.
In another development, a group calling itself Concern Citizens of Klottey Korle Constituency NDC, had organised a press conference, a news briefing that was characterised by threats and disturbances purported to have been orchestrated by the Regional Minister and MP, who sent thugs to disrupt the press conference.
The group led by Ms. Mohammed Rasheed, mentioned that the MP has seriously incurred the wrath of the people in his constituency and that the people are no longer ready to have him contest as a parliamentary candidate.
According to them, “If he is not changed or step down, and contest the primaries and win with his lavish spending, thinking money is everything, then the party would certainly lose the seat in the 2012 elections.”
The Group however noted that none of them has any ill feeling for the MP but his own actions, stating that, “He is too boatful, expresses gross disrespect to constituents and full of pride.”
The group also alleged that, the MP is devising vile means to rig the results at the coming primaries. According to them, Nii Armah Ashitey is collaboration with the Constituency Secretary Mash Turkson, Constituency Organiser Maxwell Mingle, Vice Secretary Solomon Addo and Randy Kpakpo Fairbanks, holding secret meetings with them on how to plan and rig the elections.
“The plain truth is that the MP with the assistance of hi four henchmen hatched the plan to remove all the ward coordinators in the (7) wards of the constituency. This is because they are the ones who are in charge of all the branches and since they found that they cannot get them to support the fraud elections, they must be removed at all cost,” the group stated.
They are also of the view that Nii Armah Ashitey has flouted the party’s constitution, Article 15, with impunity by using police cum military to cow the people and forcibly hold ward elections.
The constituents are also aggrieved about the election of Mr. Harry Zakour as the constituency chairman. To them, Nii Ashitey brought Mr. Zakour to be endorsed illegally during the elections even when he did not meet the requisite requirements to contest that election. “Mr. Harry Zakour being made the constituency chairman is an indictment on us, an affront to the rule of law, and insult to our integrity.”
A Former Ward Coordinator, Mr. Desmond Guzy Quaye in an exclusive interview after the press conference hinted that the MP is going round distributing rice and cooking oil, clothes and dolling out cash to influence the delegates to vote for him. According to him, the said items were believed to be items that NADMO was to give to victims of the latest disaster that hit Odorna.
“Hon. Nii Armah Ashitey must go and come no more. He is not attractive and marketable to win the seat, we need a marketable candidate to bring us together for victory,” he said.
Mr. Guzy Quaye also reiterated that the people need a leader who speaks the language of unity, action, togetherness, and tolerance and performance indicators.