Former Convention Peoples Party (CPP) Chairperson, Madam Samia Nkrumah, has suggested that ‘vote buying’ was the main reason behind her defeat in the party’s presidential primary in Accra on Saturday.
The delegates voted massively for Ivor Greenstreet who was once a General Secretary of the party.
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Mr Greenstreet polled 1,288 votes whilst Samiah polled 579 votes, representing about 28.9% of the total votes cast.
A disappointed Samiah however, pledged her support to the party in the November general elections when she spoke to journalists after her defeat. She said was prepared to serve in any capacity to ensure victor for the CPP despite labeling the party’s elections as being corrupted with bribery.
“No; I’m obviously not happy with the results, but I accept them. The fact of the matter is that every delegate was paid GH¢200 and GH¢500 actually, among many other things. So, it was down to money and of course we cannot be happy about that but we accept the results, and we move on.
“There is a lot of work to be done and I will always serve the party. It’s a vision to serve not for an individual,” she said.
The other contenders, Joseph Agyapong and Bright Akwetey polled 82 votes and 44 votes respectively.
Over 2400 delegates converged at the Accra International Trade Fair Centre voted for Greenstreet, who many political analysts thinks stands a good chance at reviving the fortunes of the CPP.