- NPP parliamentary aspirant Eric Amankwa Blay has explained why he took back his bicycles
- According to the defeated aspirant, the bicycles were winning bonuses to the delegates
- He said he went for his bicycles because he didn't win the contest
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Defeated NPP parliamentary aspirant in the Assin North constituency, Eric Amankwa Blay, has explained the rationale behind he collecting the bicycles from the delegates.
In an interview with Starr FM, Mr. Amankwa admitted the he gave the bicycles to the delegates before NPP's primaries, adding that they were winning bonuses
He noted that there was a caveat before the bicycles were given to the delegates.
He stressed that the bicycles were tied to he winning the NPP primaries to represent the party in the 2020 general elections for the Assin North constituency.
“... But if I win, then the bicycles will be yours. That was the condition. So it was a winning bonus, not a gift or a donation," he explained.
According to the defeated aspirant, the delegates assured him of their votes, but on the day of voting, he lost.
He garnered just 44 votes against the incumbent MP, Abena Duruwa Mensah, who polled 389.
“After the distribution they (delegates) were happy but at the end of the day we lost the match so after losing the match then we had to go for our bicycles,” he defended.
Mr. Amankwah generated headlines when news went round that he ordered the recall of some 250 bicycles his team distributed to each of the polling stations in the constituency to aid vigorous campaign across the length and breadth of the constituency for his candidature.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the General Secretary of the governing New Patriotic Party, NPP, John Boadu has issued a strict warning to Eric Amankwa Blay, to return bicycles he seized from delegates after losing the election or be dismissed from the party.
John Boadu described the action of the aspirant as “uncouth” which the party will not tolerate hence ordered him to return the bicycles immediately or risk losing his membership from the party.
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