THE CAMPAIGN team of President John Evans Atta Mills suffered a major setback last Friday when some constituency and regional executives of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Ashanti region braved the odds and rejected cash amounts meant to influence them.
Credible information gathered by DAILY GUIDE indicates that barely 24 hours after Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings completed her one-week tour of the region and left last Thursday, the Get Atta Mills Endorsed (GAME) team was said to have hurriedly dispatched a high-powered delegation, led by former Finance and Economic Planning Minister Kwame Peprah, to meet regional and constituency executives of the party.
Peprah and his team, which included Ghana’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic and former Spokesman of the Rawlingses, Victor Smith, and some high ranking members of the party, were said to have met all 39 constituency executives and regional executives at the Trade Union Congress (TUC) building in Kumasi, in a bid to find out what the former First Lady and wife of the party’s founder, who is contesting President Mills for the flagbearership position of the NDC, had come to tell them.
This, according to the paper’s source, generated a heated argument among the party functionaries, with some seeking to know from the party bigwigs why they were now inviting them to a meeting, since most of them felt neglected.
In the heat of events, the Ashanti Regional Propaganda Secretary of the NDC, Justice Alpha, who is currently the Regional Director of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), was said to have attempted to defend government, claiming to have benefitted a lot from the Mills administration.
He was said to have prided himself of having been made the Regional NADMO boss, the result of which had earned him a BMW and a Hyundai i10 saloon cars respectively.
His comment was said to have angered majority of the executives who threatened to leave the meeting grounds because most of them said they felt neglected by the President and his people, thereby vowing to vote for Konadu when the party goes to congress come July 8.
Kwame Peprah and his team were said to have offered to give each of the executives an amount of GH¢1,000 to appease them and to get them to vote for President Mills in the upcoming congress.
But most of the constituency executives, especially the youth organisers and the secretaries, were said to have turned down the offer, whilst others were said to have collected the money.
Source: d guide