Concerned members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Tain Constituency of the Bono Region have urged the national executives of the party to swiftly intervene in resolving the tension and divisions in the constituency.
They said the party was at the crossroads in the constituency as a result of backbiting, bickering in coordination and needless factionalism.
The members, made up of electoral area coordinators, polling station executives and youth wing of the party cautioned that the tendency to erode the fortunes of NPP ahead of the 2020 general election needed a united front to retain the parliamentary seat which it won with just 41 votes in 2016.
According to the group, there were currently two factions in the constituency, loyalists of the Member of Parliament (MP), Gabriel Osei, largely constituency executives while electoral area coordinators, polling station executives and other grassroots had also pitched camp with the District Chief Executive (DCE), Charity Akua Dwommoh.
Addressing a news conference at Seikwa, spokesperson of the group, Sylvester Badu Yeboah, said the issue started after some constituency executives presented a petition to the party hierarchy and the government, demanding the removal of Mrs Charity Dwommoh.
The petitioners, he indicated, cited reasons including the DCE working in cohort with members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to disintegrate the NPP, sidelining party executives in the allocation and commissioning of projects and using offensive words against the party leadership in Tain.
Mr Yeboah, who is also the chairman of Seikwa Electoral Area Coordinators, described those allegations as “frivolous and preposterous lies, sinister attempt by some self-seeking individuals to tarnish the reputation of Mrs Dwommoh and make her unpopular before the party’s hierarchy.
“We are aware that the development projects which the party executives wanted to be involved were all NGO funded initiatives, lobbied by the DCE, the donors didn’t want political party colourisation, hence their noninvolvement. Ultimately, Tain is the primary beneficiary not any individual.
“The projects are the construction of clinics, basic school buildings, boreholes and sanitation facilities, I warn ‘troubleshooters’ in the constituency to desist from acrimonious utterances and build a unified and ‘winsome’ party.”
FROM DANIEL DZIRASAH, SEIKWA