NDC Chairman Hopeful Says He Spent Over GH¢1 Million On Delegates But Still Lost the Election

NDC Chairman Hopeful Says He Spent Over GH¢1 Million On Delegates But Still Lost the Election

  • A politician has been 'swindled' by delegates of the opposition NDC during the party's regional elections on Sunday, November 13, 2022
  • Evans Amankwaa has disclosed that although he spent more than GH¢1 million on all 1,400 delegates, he failed to secure enough votes to become NDC Chairman for the Ashanti Region
  • He said he does not regret losing the amount of money in his bid to realise his political ambition

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A politician has opened up about how he spent over GH¢1 million to be elected the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Chairman of the Ashanti Region but still lost.

Evans Amankwaa, a lawyer, said he first gave more than GH¢460,600 to the entire 1,400 delegates, then on the day of the elections, he gave GH¢350 to each delegate – about GH¢500,000 in total – for lunch and transportation,

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Amankwaa made the revelations during an interview with Kumasi-based Akoma FM.

Evans Amankwaa said NDC delegates in the Ashanti Region took his money but did not vote for him.
Evans Amankwaa claims he spent over GHS1 million to get elected but did not get enough votes. Source: UGC/Getty Images.
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“I wasn’t surprised at [Sunday, November 13’s] results though I was confident of winning the election I was as well aware that anything could have happened so I have spent hugely on the just-ended elections but it was my decision so I never regret my actions,” he said.

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The NDC held its regional executive elections in the Ashanti Region and other regions on Sunday, November 13, 2022.

In the Ashanti Region, more than 1,400 delegates from the 47 constituencies converged on the Baba Yara Sports Stadium to elect a regional leader.

Incumbent Augustus Nana Akwasi Andrews polled 637 to be retained.

Evans Amankwa garnered 572 votes, while Yaw Owusu Obimpeh polled only 137 votes.

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It is an open secret that Ghanaian politicians buy votes, although it is illegal to do so.

Ofori-Atta: Ad-hoc Committee to be Televised live; Haruna Iddrisu, Muntaka and Dr Ato Forson to testify

Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh has reported in a separate story that minority leader Haruna Iddrisu will lead evidence from the NDC MPs when the ad-hoc parliamentary committee investigating the Ken Ofori-Atta censure motion begins its work on Tuesday, November 15, 2022.

Also, Minority Chief Whip Alhaji Muntaka Mubarak and Ranking Member of the Finance Committee, Dr Cassiel Ato Forson, will adduce evidence to implicate the embattled finance minister.

An ad-hoc committee set up by the Speaker last week is expected to hold live sittings as they probe the allegations levelled against the minister and report same to the plenary for consideration.

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Source: YEN.com.gh

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George Nyavor (Head of Politics and Current Affairs Desk) George Nyavor writes for YEN.com.gh. He has been Head of the Politics and Current Affairs Desk since 2022. George has over 9 years of experience in managing media and communications (Myjoyonline and GhanaWeb). George is a member of the Catholic Association of Media Practitioners Ghana (CAMP-G). He obtained a BA in Communications Studies from the Ghana Institute of Journalism in 2010. Reach out to him via george.nyavor@yen.com.gh.