Homosexual Cash Hits Anti-Gay MPs Constituencies
…Sam George, Others Re-election Bid Under Siege, Christian, Muslim Communities Silent
The re-election bid of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo-Prampram constituency, Samuel Nartey George, and those of his colleagues, who initiated the private members bill to criminalize LGBTQ activities in the country, are currently under siege in their respective constituencies, ahead of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) primaries slated for May 13, this year.
The Anchor is informed, the MPs have been receiving a good run for their monies in the last few weeks from contenders they initially did not consider as a threat to their chances.
These aspirants, according to information, are waging a very lush campaign to the chagrin of delegates, after returning from a short trip outside their constituencies during the Easter break.
Some unknown individuals were also said to have visited anti-gay MPs’ constituencies in recent days. It is unclear, what their missions were.
It is however not clear, where some of these aspirants are getting their source of fundings and resources from, given the nature of the campaign they are waging to unseat the anti-gay MPs.
But speculations are rife, that the Lesbians Gays Bisexuals Transgenders (LGBT+) Community in Ghana may have infiltrated the impending NDC election, with an agenda against these MPs.
In Ningo-Prampram, for instance, reports coming in and intercepted by The Anchor indicate that, the MP, who entered Parliament at the time the NDC left government in 2017, is being hotly contested by his old contender, in the person of Michael Kwetey Tetteh.
Mr. Tetteh was in the race against the incumbent in the party’s last primaries, but lost narrowly with just seven votes after a fierce contest. Four years on, he has returned from the Greater Accra Regional chairmanship race some few months ago after he lost to Mr. Emmanuel Ashie Moore.
According to information, Mr. Tetteh, who is a business mogul, has deep pockets and has vowed to unseat the incumbent, who also defeated a veteran MP, E.T. Mensah, in that party’s primaries years ago.
This paper cannot independently confirm, but there are fears that, if care is not taken, the LGBT+ community, which is financially strong, may use other means to entice aspirants and delegates of the election to vote against the MP.
Few weeks ago, the MP for the South Dayi constituency in the Volta Region expressed same sentiment in his area, having been one of the proponents of the bill, popularly known as “anti-gay bill.”
Rockson Nelson Dafeamekpor, who is a lawyer and the ranking member on the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, speaking on Joy FMs News Night programme, alleged that because of his involvement in the bill, the community is busily sponsoring a candidate in the impending election to unseat him.
“It is not something we are taking lightly. These people are on a vendetta, they are on an agenda to ensure that this bill doesn’t succeed in Parliament.
“The people want us out of Parliament, we have evidence but we are speaking to the fact that these are people who are not sleeping,” he told Evans Mensah in an interview on JoyNews’ PM Express.
Samuel Nartey George, together with some six others from the Minority side, and one other from the Majority side, have initiated a private members bill, famously known as Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values (PHSRGFV), outlawing the practice of Lesbians Gays Bisexuals Transgenders (LGBT+) practice in Ghana.
Other sponsors of the bill, Emmanuel Bedzrah of the Ho West constituency, Della Adjoa Sowah, Kpando constituency; Alhassan Sayibu Suhiyini, Tamale North; Helen Adjoa Ntoso, Kachin West; Rita Naa Odoley Sowah, La Dadekotopon; Rockson Nelson Dafeamekpor, South Dayi; and the only New Patriotic Party (NPP) who is also a revered minister of God as well as a deputy minister of education, John Ntim Fordjour.
Even though various surveys have indicated that majority of Ghanaians support the bill, which has been laid in Parliament after several months of delay, the MP, who is the able spokesperson for the group, has been left to his fate.
The outspoken lawmaker’s party, the NDC, has been in opposition, since he became an MP, depriving him of the opportunity to facilitate massive development to his people.
He is also allegedly being fought against unseeingly by the E.T. Mensah factor, coupled with the fact that his contender is well resourced and so on.
It is on this background that Ghanaians, especially the Christian community, Muslims and all those who back the bill in parliament, are being called upon to lean massive support to the MP and all his other colleagues to ensure they remain in Parliament so they can ensure the smooth passage of the bill into law.
Mr. Nartey George, popularly known as Dzata, has been calm and quiet in the upcoming election, but some concerned Ghanaians are beginning to express disquiet about the situation in the constituency and are coming out to galvanize support for the MP, both financially and in kind.
One such person is a social media enthusiast, who goes by the name Gabby de Mayor. According to Gabby, the MP appears to be in a difficult situation, arguing that the work to maintain him cannot be left to only the delegates.
He argued, “The election atmosphere in Ningo Prampram is still tensed. After watching the NDC program yesterday, I believe the delegates are not equally yoked in pursuit of one agenda; maintain Sam Dzata George.
“This is the time all religious groups in Ghana must come together and support Hon. Sam George. If we really believe in the fight this man has stood for at least in this term, then the whole nation must come to support him for there are strong underground forces working against his parliamentary bid.
“We, as a nation, must protect Hon. Sam Dzata George. I need his MOMO number to send GHS1,000.00 to him this morning. Pastors, imams and the chiefs must call all the NDC delegates and task to them to ensure he remains in Parliament.”
“Now this is not the first time the issue of the LGBT+ Community financing candidates, in particular the NDC primaries, is coming up.”
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