The Sunyani West Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) , Martin Obeng has refuted allegations made against him by New Patriotic Party (NPP) executives in his area.
The Electoral Area Coordinators and Polling Station executives accused the MCE of failing to support perceived NPP candidates in electoral areas in the district.
They further accused him of sending military personnel to brutalise people during the District Level Elections.
Mr. Obeng, however, said the decision to send military personnel to the Nsoatre Nsereso Electoral Area was taken in consultation with the Municipal Security Council adding that the decision was not to brutalize anyone.
“I did not send military men to go and brutalize anybody. At Nsoatre in particular, because of intelligence we picked and discussed at the security council meeting, we decided to deploy military office to support other security agencies. So the military was patrolling the town. They were never stationed at one polling station during the voting. It was during counting that they came to Nsereso Electoral Area to ensure that there was peace and security.”
“They are claiming that the party had candidates. Myself as MCE for Sunyani West, nobody gave me any list that these are the party people that we want to win the assembly election. I never supported any candidate. I don’t even have the money that they are quoting, let alone to give to people to go and win elections,” he stated.
Denying the accusations of giving scholarships to unknown persons outside the district, the MCE also said that the 44 persons who were awarded scholarships went through the right procedure, contrary to claims by the party executives.
“We had a meeting with the scholarship secretariat in Sunyani with all the MMDCEs in Bono, Bono East and Ahafo. They gave us specific instructions that His Excellency the President has directed that the scholarship should be decentralized to the district level and that we should go and make announcements,” he said.
“So we made announcement in churches, mosques, information centres, and on radio for three consecutive months. All the applicants came for an interview. The names of those that were shortlisted were sent to Accra and then the 44 were awarded the scholarship. I did not share scholarship.”
Concerned Electoral Area Coordinates and Polling Station Executives of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Sunyani West constituency have expressed their worry over the activities of the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the area,which is destroying the party’s electoral fortunes.
They said Sunyani West constituency which used to be one of the most peaceful and united is now at war and divided since the assumption of the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr. Martin Obeng.
“We are in power but still feeling the characteristics of opposition as a result of the activities of our MCE” they stated.
Speaking to newsmen at a press conference held at the party office,Nsoatre yesterday, Mr. Clement Boasiako,the Spokesperson for the group said the MCE has distanced the government from the party.
“Prior to the district assembly elections, the constituency Executives approached us to select suitable candidates for the said elections by the traditions and virtues of the NPP. After the party has gone through all these Democratic dispensations to select candidates, the MCE on other hand also did his selection against the will and directions of the party” he said.
According to him,Mr. Martin Obeng also sponsored NDC candidates financially at the expense of the party candidates.
He continued that “He used his position and power to mobilize about twent-five(25) armed soldiers to Nsoatre electoral area t bully and work against the party’s candidate, coordinates, polling station and constituency executives present in favour of his candidate”.
“Our MCE has given scholarships packages and other vacancies to unknown people including people from other districts without consulting the party. MCE has failed to collaborate with the party to improve its fortunes and if these actions not controlled it would affect the party in the 2020 elections within our constituency” they added.
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