Top Volta NPP Executives In Trouble
- Caught On CCTV Camera Diverting Campaign Items
…Fertilizers, Hairdryers, Cutlasses, Others Go Missing, Angry Organizer Files Petition
Two top Volta Regional executives of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) have found themselves at the wrong side of the law, after they were caught red-handed on camera diverting campaign items meant for the electorate during the recent Assin North constituency by-election.
The items, which included fertilizers, sewing machines, hairdryers, cutlasses, Wellington boots and head pans, amounting to hundreds of Ghana cedis, were diverted by the two executives, ostensibly for their parochial interest at the expense of the party’s anticipated victory.
The diverted items were meant to be distributed to the Ewe communities in the Assin North constituency, which is traditionally marked as strongholds of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The top executives, whose names were given as Pope Yaovi Yevu, the Volta Regional secretary, and Emmanuel Quashie Kyenkyenhene, the deputy regional organizer, have since been dragged to the party’s general secretary, Justin Frimpong Kodua, to conduct investigation into the matter and punish them, for dragging the party’s image into disrepute.
In a petition dated, July 3, 2023 and filed by the regional organizer, Korsi Bodja, he states that the action of the regional officers’ amounts to disloyalty, contravenes the party’s constitution of Article 3, Clauses 3, 5, and 6 and contributed significantly to the party’s humiliating loss by creating apathy.
The regional chairman, Mr. Makafui Woanyah, was also cited in a different petition for blatantly shirking responsibility and failing to ensure that campaign materials handed over to him during the by-election were used for the purpose they were meant for.
Mr. Bodja supported his petition with video clips of the alleged diversion of the items into the vehicle of the regional secretary, with the active support of his accomplice and deputy regional organizer.
He quoted the time and date of the incident as having occurred on June 28, 2023, a day after the Assin North by-election, at approximately 3:58am.
According to the petitioner, this singular conduct by his colleagues makes them not fit for the position they occupy and, therefore, he foresees disaster in the greater task of election 2024, which the party has mapped out an agenda to break the eight-year cycle of governance in the country.
The petition, intercepted by The Anchor, said in part, “It must be stated that this act of irresponsible conduct and disloyalty to the party’s collective cause for which we went to Assin North to canvass for votes for the party’s victory in the by-election was a major factor in the apathy that reared its ugly head in the Ewe communities in Assin North Constituency.
In fact, the conduct of the Volta Regional Secretary also contravenes Article 3 clause 6 of the party’s constitution which calls for members to participate fully in the activities of the party and ensure that the local organs of the party work effectively and accountably.”
The petitioner argues that, if a whole regional secretary could supervise alleged stealing of campaign resources entrusted in their care, faraway, what will they not do if similar campaign materials are put in their hand sat their home region.
“It indeed beggars belief that the Volta Regional Secretary of our party could be that mean and act in ways that do not promote the good name of the party as the act was orchestrated before the right-thinking members of the hotel community, subjecting the New Patriotic Party to open mockery and negative branding.
If the Volta Regional Secretary is able to oversee the stealing of campaign materials far away Assin North to his home region, what will he not do if he gets hold of same materials in his home region?” he quizzes.
The NPP lost that seat to the NDC in the 2020 general elections, but had sought to snatch it back this June, yet it failed, as the removed Member of Parliament (MP), James Gyakye Quayson, was retained.
This paper gathered that, the exposed executives were entrusted with the items, to specifically distribute them to these Ewe communities, but they aborted what political watchers say was a vote-buying mission.
The party performed woefully in these communities.
The items were instead hoarded by the two accused persons, who, just a day after the election and the NPP lost, were captured in a video packing them into vehicles to a yet-to-be known place in the Volta Region.
Mr. Bodja is convinced the campaign materials were not distributed, as directed by the party’s leadership.
He maintains that those of them who were assigned to the Ewe communities due to language differences did their best, as far as messaging was concerned.
But while they remained in the trenches campaigning vigorously for the party, their colleagues connived and brazenly managed to pack the items into their hotel rooms and later bolted with them from the constituency to an unknown place in the Volta Region.
Below Is Published, The Petitions Filed: