General News of Sunday, 19 June 2016
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary Nominee for the Ningo Prampram Constituency, Sam Dzata George, has denied using land guards to harass some residents of Dodowa in the Shai Osudoku Constituency.
He has thus absolved himself of any blame in the reported tensions that took place at Dodowa during the parliamentary primary in the Shai Osudoku constituency on Saturday.
Citi News’ correspondent, Elvis Washington, reported that there were pockets of tension, mainly at the Post Office polling station, where one of the contestants, Dr. Michael Kpessa Whyte, the acting Executive Director of the National Service Secretariat, was hooted at.
According to the crowd, Dr. Kpessa Whyte has allegedly brought land guards to intimidate them for which they were hooting at him and his team of well-built men.
The situation could have gotten chaotic but for the timely intervention of the police who beefed up the numbers of personnel at the polling station.
Some of voters shouted: “why would you bring land guards here to kill us if you are campaigning to lead us”, Dr Kpessa Whyte, we don’t know you so please kindly stay off the constituency” among others.
Some of the angry voters also alleged that the NDC’s Ningo Prampram Parliamentary candidate and presidential staffer, Sam George, who was seen in the company of Dr. Kpessa Whyte, is the mastermind behind the land guards in the town.
But speaking to Citi News, the Ningo Prampram Parliamentary Nominee, Sam George, denied the allegations saying he was currently in his own constituency.
Sam George however admitted he had earlier been in the Shai Osudoku constituency, specifically at the Post Office polling station, but only to monitor what was going on during the election.
According to Sam George, “Whatever affects Ningo Prampram affects Shai Osudoku and whatever affects Shai Osudoku affects Ningo Prampram. This is the primary and so I decided to go to my constituency through Shai Osudoku just to be abbressed with the issues and whatever.”
He also noted that at the Post Office polling station, he didn’t see any incidents of violence or any macho men intimidating voters.
NDC not a violent party Sam George further retorted that the NDC was not a party prone to violence and suggested that elements of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) were fanning tensions.
“This is the NDC, we are not talking about the NPP. The NDC is not a violent party. We don’t do things with macho men and land guards. I don’t know if you spoke to the right people in the constituency or maybe NPP members in the community who just want to paint a bad picture of a very peaceful process in Shai Osudoku.”
Widow floors Kpessa Whyte to win Shai Osudoku NDC primary Meanwhile, Linda Akwele Ocloo on Saturday gave her late Husband a glowing tribute by beating Dr.
Michael Kpessa Whyte, to win the National Democratic Congress’ parliamentary primary, in the Shai Osudoku Constituency of the Greater Accra Region.
Mrs. Linda Akwele Ocloo, a teacher with no political experience, whose husband died in a tragic car crash in March after he won the primary, shockingly opted to contest, ostensibly in memory of her husband.
There were suggestions she could not make any impact and would be no match for Dr. Kpessa Whyte, Executive Director of the National Service Secretariat, who contested her late husband in the first primary of four contestants and came second.
But at the end of voting on Saturday June 18, Linda Akwele Ocloo polled 5,156 votes, with Dr. Kpessa Whyte managing 3,372 votes.