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Stop the childish behaviour – John Boadu tells NDC on vote buying allegation

Former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) John Boadu has described the money-sharing allegation made by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) against the NPP in the Assin North by-election, as childish.

He says the NDC has been sharing money all over the constituency but turns around to accuse others of doing the same thing.

Speaking to TV3 reporters in Assin North on Tuesday, June 27 during the by-election, Mr Boadu said “The fertilizer and the machetes they were sharing, what is it about? I think we have moved on from this pettiness in our politics, they have been sharing things all over the place yet they will turn around and come and complain.

“About 20 people came to me that they want to come and vote, won’t I give them transportation to come? The NDC was sharing things all over the place. What is this childishness? I don’t think we can continue this kind of unnecessary debate on who gave this and who gave that. “The NDC will go and misbehave and then turn around that they want a debate, what kind of backwardness is that? We have moved on.”

The NPP and the NDC are having a go at each other over accusations of the sharing of money to voters in the Assin North by-election.

A Deputy Director of Communications of the NPP, Ernest Owusu Bempah, says the NPP is only facilitating the movement of some voters from remote areas to vote.

Speaking on TV3 on Tuesday, June 27, the Communications Director of the ruling party Richard Ahiagbah said he got reports of the Minority Leader, Dr Cassiel Ato Baah Forson, sharing monies to voters in the morning of election day.

For him, the NPP has not made any arrangements to share monies to voters as that will be too huge an investment to make.

He said any doling out of cash to voters for transportation may be in the individual capacity of members of the party. But he insists it is the NDC and its Minority Leader who have been sighted sharing monies. The Minority Leader, who has been in the Assin North Constituency for the past days, strongly denied this and pointed accusing finger at the NPP rather.

“Let them provide evidence. They are saying this to cover their mess,” he told TV3‘s Komla Klutse on one of his rounds of some polling stations in the Constituency.

He said he has gathered evidence that the NPP are sharing GH¢200 notes to each voter to get them to vote for the party.

The Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam Member of Parliament (MP) said he has not been to any other polling station aside the one opposite the Assin North District Assembly’s office and so cannot fathom where he is said to have been sharing money.

The Minority Chief Whip, Governs Kwame Agbodza, said the NPP is repeating what it did in Kumawu by sharing the monies to voters. “They did the same thing in Kumawu,” he indicated, denying any claims that the NDC is sharing monies anywhere within the constituency.




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