The Eastern Regional Communications Director of the opposition New Patriotic Party, David Prah, has urged the electorate not to be swayed by the ruling National Democratic Congress’ vote buying antics.
The call from Mr Prah was made at a press conference organized by the New Juaben North Constituency of the party Wednesday.
Apart from condemning the Vice President Paa Kwesi Ammisah-Arthur for his recent attacks on the NPP flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the communications director cautioned members of the NDC to refrain from engaging in activities that have the potential of disenfranchising the electorate.
The Constituency secretary, Asante Antwi, told the media about how some members of the NDC in the constituency had been going about lying to unsuspecting voters and taking their voters ID with the promise of granting them interest-free loans ranging between GH¢ 500.00 and GH¢1,000.00.
He added that on September 22, this year, executives of the party in the constituency received a report from one Felix Aware, a native of Jumapo, a suburb of Koforidua, that some persons had approached his wife in his absence and taken her voter’s ID card in exchange for GH¢1,000.00 loan.
“Felix led me to the shop of one Maa Abena, the person behind the whole operation. Upon introduction by Felix that he has been sent by his wife to collect the voter ID card in order to aid them in facilitating the loan, Maa Abena pulled out a notebook containing hundreds of names with corresponding phone numbers,” he disclosed.
After admitting that the voter’s ID was indeed with her, a complaint was lodged with the Koforidua Police after which Maa Abena was invited and interrogated.
Upon interrogation, she confirmed in the presence of the Police Commander who also doubles as the Chairman of the Municipal Elections Security Task Force that the NDC party collecting ID cards as collateral to grant loans to interested persons and that the loans would be ready soon.
But the constituency secretary described the activities of the NDC as a microcosm of a well-crafted and a diabolic agenda of what may be happening nationwide meant to divert the popular will of the people.
“Since when did the NDC become a bank or microfinance company? Why is the NDC insisting on only voter’s ID card as the only identification document and condition precedent to be granted loan?” he asked.
According to the secretary, the NDC parliamentary candidate for Suhum, Margaret Ansei, also known as MAGOO, was also caught on tape as having met some group of persons in the New Juaben Municipality to induce people with a GH¢500.00 promise to transfer their votes to Suhum in order to shore up her electoral fortunes.
“Is this an attempt to decrease the votes of NPP in New Juaben North constituency?” he further asked.
Mr Antwi, however, assured the NDC that the leadership of NPP in the constituency will not rest on their oars but will ensure that the people’s destiny is not exchanged for a pittance.