The Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Ishmael Ashitey, has explained that one of the Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive aspirants Ben Ashitey is a relative.
According to Mr. Ashitey who is also the Greater Accra Regional Minister-designate, the aspirant only coincidentally bears the same surname (Ashitey) with him.
He said the Regional Minister is rather related to the Member of Parliament of Tema East, Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover.
“Titus is my nephew and it remains so. Ben Ashitey has no relationship with me. It just so happens that we bear the same surname.”
Earlier this week, some executives of the Tema East branch of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) held a press conference and accused Mr. Ashitey of canvassing for Ben Ashitey whom they claimed is related to the Regional Minister, to become the MCE of the metropolis.
However in an interview at Tema, Mr. Ishmael Ashitey, denied the allegations and said “though we bear the same surname, the young man has no family relation with me; but rather it is Titus who is related to me. I am Titus’ uncle”.
He said there were five clans in the Tema that bear the name Ashitey, and that it was a mere coincidence for which he and the MCE aspirant bear the same name.
Asked whether he had an interest in the gentleman’s quest to become the MCE for Tema, he indicated that “the NPP is a democratic party that has laid down procedures and systems that would be followed in the selection of who would become an MCE”.
He said that the party has what it is looking for in all candidates to be selected so why would he back any candidate?
“They have all applied on their own merit and the party would look through their CVs and select the best for the people. Factors to be considered however would include the candidate’s commitment, dedication and loyalty to the party,” he explained.
He accused Mr. Titus-Glover of fighting a personal battle with Ben Ashitey since the young man contested him during the NPP primary in 2015, where he (Ben Ashitey) lost by a margin of 49 votes.
“Titus is fighting a personal fight for the guy to be disqualified in the race because he sees him as a threat in future. Ben Ashitey contested Titus Glover in 2015 during the constituency primary so perhaps he sees him as a threat in future because he won the guy by 49 votes,” he added.
Mr. Ashitey noted that, he handpicked Mr. Titus-Glover and some other candidates from a Tema-based association called Tema Youth some years ago, and introduced them to the NPP so under no circumstance would he work against him.
“I handpicked Titus and some other guys who were at the time strong NDC surporters in Tema, and introduced them to the NPP; so why would I work against my own boys that I handpicked years ago? As we speak, some of the guys I handpicked and brought into the NPP are equally vying for the MCE position,” he stated.