THE Keta Constituency Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Elikem Sewordor has described claims by some aggrieved members of the party that the president’s nominee for the position of Keta Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Godwin Edudzi Effa is ‘alien’ to the municipality as totally false and absurd.
He expressed worry about the group’s conduct, describing it as unfortunate since Mr Effa is a card-bearing member of the party in the constituency where he lived and voted saying that, “Someone who was born and bred in Keta and lived all his life cannot metamorphose into a native of Anloga”.
President Nana Akufo-Addo nominated Mr Effa, an accountant with the Ghana Education Service for the position on March 13, this year to replace Seth Yormewu, who has been moved from Keta as MCE to Anloga as District Chief Executive (DCE).
However, some New Patriotic Party (NPP) executives of the Keta constituency in the Volta Region are demanding the removal of the newly appointed Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Godwin Edudzi Effa for the Keta municipality.
He is wanted out of office on grounds he is a native of the newly created Anlo municipality, a situation the executives said make him unfit to manage the Municipal Assembly.
They alleged that the people who used to marginalise the residents of Keta when both Keta and Anloga shared the Keta Municipal Assembly managed to influence the nomination of the MCE to satisfy their parochial interests.
The executives have vowed not to work with Mr Effa because he is not a grassroot member of the party and would not further the course of the party within the constituency.
Presenting their petition to the president through the Volta Regional Minister, Dr Archibald Letsa, convener of the executive group, Kissinger Gbemu insisted that they would go at length to resist Mr Effa’s appointment.
“We the sons and daughters of Keta who belong to the New Patriotic Party know Nana Akufo-Addo is a listening president, and should remove Mr Effa since we don’t know him and cannot work with him, otherwise we will advise ourselves,” Mr Gbemu threatened.
HoweverMr Sewordor maintained that the president’s nominee had been a financier of the women and youth wings of the party in the constituency and was an appropriate material for the job of MCE of the municipality.
He stated that the aggrieved NPP members were acting out of disappointment as the nomination did not go in favour of their preferred candidate and cautioned that “the leadership of the party will not hesitate to sanction unruly members whose conduct dragged the image of the party in the mud”.
FROM ALBERTO MARIO NORETTI, KETA