The leadership of the Akatsi North Constituency of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has denied media reports of neglect and ‘mass defection’ of its members to the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), which reportedly happened during former President, John Dramani Mahama’s tour of the Volta Region.
A press release on Tuesday, jointly signed by the Constituency Chairman, Mr. Simon Salansa Doe and the District Chief Executive, Dr. Prince Sodoke Amuzu, refuted such claims.
“We wish to put the following facts to the fore, as against the fabricated lies and to expose the ‘ponzi’ nature of the said report; the so called mass defection is not true.”
The release accused the NDC of cultivating the habit of peddling false claims and called on the public to disregard the report.
“It should be noted that this is not the first time the NDC in the Akatsi North Constituency is peddling this false claims and it is becoming a habit. Every now and then, they stage their own members to wear NPP T-shirts, remove them and wear that of NDC at political rally platforms. It appears this could be a form of entertainment for their guest, especially Mr. Mahama.”
The leadership equally denied accusations of neglect of the district by the NPP government, citing a number of projects undertaken since their assumption of office.
The leadership of the NPP in the Constituency has therefore noted that appropriate measures would be taken against the Presiding Member of the Akatsi North District, Mr. Patrick Ahiabu, who is reported to have confirmed the story to the media.
“It is indeed a shock to see a person of that high office, to mount a political platform saying things that have been attributed to him, knowing the rules and regulations governing the office he occupies.”
“We have instituted an investigation into the matter and if found to be true, he would be referred to the appropriate committee of the assembly for the appropriate sanctions,” the release added.
The release followed an earlier reaction from the office of the Volta Regional Organiser of the NPP, who denied the claims and touted the Nana-led administration as the best performing government in response to the issues of neglect as captured in the reportage that was published by mynewsgh.com and ghanaweb.com.