A contender of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) party chairmanship who has contended for four times, Mr Stephen Ntim, says his service to the party is unfeigned and unalloyed.
Addressing a press conference in Accra Wednesday, Mr Ntim said material inducements of all shapes, colours and forms are featuring prominently ahead of Saturday’s congress in Koforidua.
“Please accept anything that is offered to you, but do not allow those considerations to influence your decision to vote for Ntim,” he advised NPP delegates.
The fourth-time contestant for the national chairmanship of the NPP, Mr Stephen Ayesu Ntim, described as vote-buying the buses that his contender, Mr Freddie Blay, has donated to the constituencies on the eve of the party’s congress scheduled for July 6 to 8, 2018 at Koforidua in the Eastern Region.
Mr Ntim said the buses were symbols of “artificially engineered endorsement” for votes from delegates and emphasised his work and commitment to the party which had to be considered to give him the nod to serve.
At his last press conference in Accra on Wednesday, July 4, Mr Ntim said 16 years ago, he single-handedly donated 14 vehicles to the party.
Back then he identified a need and took care of it without making any promises to anyone or expecting anything in return.
He said every regional secretariat of the party received a vehicle from him, while four constituencies received one vehicle each.
“It is important to note that in those days, this modest gesture was unprecedented in the party,” he said.
Other acts of service and commitment that he wanted delegates to consider in voting for him included his efforts in delivering to the party 13 new constituencies in the 2016 elections.
He said as a member of the national campaign team, under the leadership of Mr Peter Mac Manu, and specifically in charge of the settler communities project that targeted 50 constituencies and which was an innovation by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, he put his four pickups into the campaign.
He also bought 50 motorbikes for the 50 constituency coordinators, in addition to soliciting for 2000 bicycles to ensure the smooth running of the project, which was in the Western, Volta, Brong Ahafo and Ashanti regions.
“When the results were declared in December 2016, the party had won several of the 50 constituencies, but 13 of them were brand new constituencies Atebubu-Amantin, Tain, Dorma West, New Edubiase, Sefwi Wiawso, Sefwi Akontonbra, Jomoro and the Krachi East constituencies,” he told the media.
He said when he was put in charge of the middle belt in the 2016 general election campaign, he worked hard together with other executives to deliver the flagbearer position with not less than 96 per cent of the overall votes cast in the election to the President.
He pledged that when elected as the national chairman, he would ensure that the project would continue.
Mr Stephen Ntim described the purchase of buses as an attempt to “buy votes” from delegates considering the timing for the delivery of the buses.
But Mr Blay has insisted the plan for the buses is not a new thing.
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