Two constituency executives of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Northern Region have been accused of extorting monies from party members, with a promise of appointing them as District Chief Executives (DCEs).
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Constituency chairman of the NPP in the Bole Bamboi constituency, Zakaria Sulemana together with his secretary Abdulai Iddrisu, have been accused of conspiring to dupe innocent party members who harbor hopes of becoming DCEs in the area.
The pair are reported to have taken monies ranging from GH¢200 to GH¢250 from their victims.
According to some youth of the NPP, the two high ranking members of the party have used dubious ways – which includes forging the signature of the Bole Chief – to lobby for one Ibrahim Abdulai to be considered for the position of DCE in the area.
The group insisted that the two are using their positions for personal gains, instead of the general wellbeing of the constituency.
“The Bolewura (Bole Chief) has denied any knowledge of such a letter. Interestingly the said Ibrahim Abdulai is the younger brother of the constituency secretary,” Harisu Abudulai, believed to the leader of the group said.
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“The constituency secretary was installed chief of Wakawaka in November 2014 and instead of resigning his post as secretary as stipulated by law, he still currently engages in active politics and perpetuating such crimes to serve his personal and parochial interest.”
He added that the constituency chairman and his secretary had exhibited bad leadership skills, saying the party’s numbers have shot down since the pair came into office.
“A good example of where this diabolic crime was executed is the Wakawaka township and Letiegbere polling stations where NPP overwhelmingly won in 2008 and 2012 when the secretary was not yet chief of the area,” Harisu said.
“To our utmost surprise, the tables overturned in 2016 when the secretary was then chief. At the Wakawaka polling station NPP got only 39 votes and NDC had 104 whiles at Letiegbere, NPP had 39 again and NDC got 94.
“In fact, the 2016 parliamentary candidate (Madam Veronica Alelefule) was told in her face by the constituency secretary he was going to campaign against her. The above result is a clear outcome of what the two officers who are supposed to seek the welfare and growth of the party rather did beyond all imaginations.”